The MMA Files: The truth is out there – UFC 201
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The MMA Files takes a look back at what was revealed at UFC 201: Lawler vs Woodley
– Tyron Woodley waited patiently on the sidelines since the beginning of 2015 and took advantage of his opportunity to grasp the welterweight title from fan-favourite Robbie Lawler. Lawler dropped his left hand for a moment and looking as fresh as a man who hadn’t fought in 18 months, Woodley dropped Lawler with a right hand bomb and followed up with some extra on the ground which led to the referee pulling him off Lawler.
Woodley now wants a big payday with a fight against Nick Diaz at UFC 202 or Georges St. Pierre down the track and who can begrudge him in the era of ‘Conor style’ big money fights.
– Karolina Kowalkiewicz showed just how effective her Muay Thai is against top women’s strawweight contender Rose Namajunas. Namajunas likes to use the clinch to initiate a takedown or an explosive submission attempt but Kowalkiewicz let her do neither of those things. Kowalkiewicz’s knees on the clinch were damaging and numerous, which left Namajunas struggling for answers.
This sets up a potential ‘Poland vs Poland’ title fight against dominant champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and this seems like a great fight for the UFC to book in their home country.
– After flying to Las Vegas to ask for one last chance from UFC president Dana White to impress after being told he was no longer wanted by the UFC, Jake Ellenberger produced one of his best performances to destroy tough-as-they-come Matt Brown. Brown is known for stalking down his opponents and blasting them but Ellenberger was fast out of the blocks in getting an early knockdown. He then starched Brown with a body kick and finished him on the ground. Welcome back Jake Ellenberger!
– In one of the most fun fights of UFC 201, Erik Perez battled Francisco Rivera in what turned out to be a wild slugfest. The beginning of the 3rd round it seemed there was an agreement to empty the gas tanks and swing with all they had. For Rivera this meant throwing hands until he threw himself to the ground. Perez jumped on him and then preceded to spend the rest of the round scoring strikes and riding out the win.
Rivera has now lost five out his last six fights and is likely to be cut from the UFC. I hope he stays because his style is legendary and never disappoints.
– The UFC needs to book Jorge Masvidal against a top welterweight. This guy has had 41 professional fights and is still improving. Learning that he needs to push the pace a little more to avoid split decision losses, Masvidal dropped then followed up with a barrage of strikes on Ross Pearson. Pearson’s resilience was the only reason Masvidal didn’t get the stoppage victory.
Masvidal has said he wants to fight Matt Brown but after his loss to Jake Ellenberger, Ellenberger and Masvidal would also be great fight for the fans.
– Damien Brown showed what he can do when he has a full training camp with an ultra-impressive KO win over Cesar Arzamendia. Brown’s first fight in the UFC was a short-notice call-up to fight Alan Patrick in Brown’s hometown of Brisbane, Australia. He was brave in defeat on that occasion and has erased any memory of that loss by utilising some great hands to hurt the Paraguayan in the 1st round and get the finish.