Robbie Lawler og Tyron Woodley møtes 30. juli i Atlanta.
The welterweight title is officially up for grabs at July’s UFC 201 event.
Reigning champion Robbie Lawler (27-10 MMA, 12-4 UFC) will meet challenger Tyron Woodley (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC), officials today announced. The bout had been in the works.
UFC 201 takes place July 30 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Lawler is No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings. Woodley is No. 3.
Lawler beat Johny Hendricks by split decision to win the title at UFC 181. He’s since defended the title twice. At UFC 189, the 34-year-old American Top Team fighter defeated Rory MacDonald via fifth-round TKO in a “Fight of the Year” candidate. At UFC 195 in January, heearned a split-decision win over Carlos Condit.
Woodley, meanwhile, has been on the sideline since a split-decision win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 183, a fight for which Gastelum badly missed weight. Woodley, a 34-year-old former standout NCAA Division I wrestler, was then supposed to return this past October against Hendricks in a title eliminator, but the former champ’s weight cut was bad enough he needed to be hospitalized, and the fight with Woodley was canceled.