It’s incredibly hot in the south at this time of year, but the mercury is set to go a little higher on Saturday night when the UFC takes its show on the road to Atlanta. The main card has 5 fights on offer, with the main event being a welterweight bout that will see Robby Lawler defend his belt against Tyron Woodley. It promises to be a great fight, as both of these guys can flat out brawl. They each have a very distinct fighting style, and it’s always interesting to see which one will prevail. Both will be trying to set the tone from the opening bell, and the fighter who get the early jump will most likely be the one who leaves the octagon with the belt around his waist. Let’s now take a closer look at the two fighters and their betting odds for Saturday night.
Let’s Take a Look at the UFC 201 Robbie Lawler Vs Tyron Woodley Winning Predictions
When: Saturday, July 30 at 10 PM EST
Where: Phillips Arena, Atlanta
TV: Pay per view
Live Stream: UFC FIGHT PASS
UFC Odds: Lawler (-210), Woodley (+180)
Why bet on Robbie Lawler?
Lawler comes into this fight with a 26-10 (1 NC) record, and as the winner of his last 5 fights. He has been victorious in 8 of his last 9, and is in a rich vein of form that makes him a truly formidable opponent. There is nothing particularly fancy about what Lawler brings to the octagon, as he usually just overpowers his opponents with sheer striking force. Oddly enough, even with all that power, 5 of his previous 6 fights have gone all the way to the 5th round. He got the TKO in one of those, and the judge’s decision in the others. He has more power than Woodley, and if he is successfully able to avoid the takedown attempts that are sure to come, Robbie Lawler should retain his welterweight title.
Why bet on Tyron Woodley?
Woodley will enter the octagon on Saturday night sporting a 15-3 record, with 10 of those wins coming via KO or submission. Rather than trying to beat his opponents with striking power. Woodley will instead try to get them to the mat with his wrestling moves. This I his best chance of success against Lawler, as I just don’t see any way in which he can go toe to toe the champion. Woodley bounced back nicely from a loss to Rory MacDonald at UFC 174 to win his next two fights. That is the winning streak that he is currently on, and if he can somehow find a way to extend it to 3, he will become the new welterweight champion.
My Expert Pick and Final Prediction
While this is indeed an intriguing match-up, it’s one that I just don’t see Robbie Lawler losing. He defends the takedown well, and has too much power if the fight does turn into a brawl. I like him to win by KO in the 3rd or 4th round, so I’ll be taking the OVER 2.5 at betting odds of -150.