UFC 201 – Lawler vs Woodley – Results

 July 27, 2016 at Phillips Arena, Atlanta Georgia, USA

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With Damian Brown knocking out Cesar Arzamendia (good effort young man), Serrano vs Benoit being moved up the card, and Michael Graves fighting Bojan Velickovic to a contentious draw, I went into the TV prelims with the full card bet alive.

Wilson Reis vs Hector Sandoval

After some early success standing for Sandoval, Reis took the fight to the ground and imposed his significant advantage down there, getting the quick submission.

Damian Grabowski vs Anthony Hamilton

I only had this one in the full coupon interest bet and had picked Grabowski. When will I learn, if I don’t have strong enough feelings about a fight to include it in the main bets, don’t include it in the long bet either. Now. I learn that now. Hamilton knocked Grabowski into a twitching heap in short order.

Ross Pearson vs Jorge Masvidal

They don’t come much tougher than Ross Pearson. Masvidal was a step ahead throughout the fight and had Pearson in some trouble in the 2nd round, but there’s no quit in the lad. Entertaining fight and still on track with Bet 2.

Ed Herman vs Nikita Krylov

“Wow, wow, wow…” to quote Joe Rogan, and he’s right. Krylov was putting on a clinic and picking Herman apart, when in the 2nd round a high kick landed and completely shut the lights off. Very impressive performance by Krylov that puts the 205 top 10 on notice. Might sound daft, but I think he needs to spend some of the inevitable bonus money on some English lessons because I see a lot of media spotlight in his future. Looks very much like a star in the making.

Matt Brown vs Jake Ellenberger

Oof! It looked like Matt Brown was going to recover from the early knockdown punch Jake Ellenberger landed, when he took a huge kick to the liver and that was that. Career saving stoppage for Ellenberger and a bet killer for me.

Rose Namajunas vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Very close fight that could genuinely have gone either way, with Kowalkiewicz taking the split decision. If I’m honest neither Karolina or Rose looked like Jedrzejczyk-beaters in this fight, but I guess we’ll soon see. Great for European MMA though.

Robbie Lawler vs Tyron Woodley

“Wow, wow, wow, wow…” to quote Joe Rogan again (come on Joe, try harder mate). Savage power from Woodley to knock Lawler out early in the opening round, and we have a new Welterweight champion.

Bet 1 – £10 returned £0.00

Robbie Lawler to beat Tyron Woodley – lose

Rose Namajunas to beat Karolina Kowalkiewicz – lose

Matt Brown to beat Jake Ellenberger – lose

Justin Scoggins to beat Ian McCall

Bet 2 – £10 returned £31.11

Nikita Krylov to beat Ed Herman – win

Jorge Masvidal to beat Ross Pearson – win

Wilson Reis to beat Hector Sandoval – win

Bet 3 – £1 returned £0.00

Robbie Lawler to beat Tyron Woodley – lose

Rose Namajunas to beat Karolina Kowalkiewicz – lose

Matt Brown to beat Jake Ellenberger – lose

Erik Perez to beat Fransisco Rivera – win

Justin Scoggins to beat Ian McCall

Nikita Krylov to beat Ed Herman – win

Jorge Masvidal to beat Ross Pearson – win

Damian Grabowski to beat Anthony Hamilton – lose

Wilson Reis to beat Hector Sandoval – win

Michael Graves to beat Bojan Velickovic – draw

Fredy Serrano to beat Ryan Benoit – lose

Damian Brown to beat Cesar Arzamendia – win

bet settled

I got more wrong than right on this card, but still turned a small profit thanks to the prelims so I can’t complain. Not sure if I’m betting on the upcoming Fight Night or holding out for UFC 202.

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