Yet another big fight was announced on Wednesday as a pair of former welterweight champs will collide at UFC Minneapolis.
Former welterweight champ Tyron Woodley is wasting no time in getting back to work after losing his title to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235. Woodley is set to rematch Robbie Lawler, who he took the title from at UFC 201, at UFC Minneapolis. The fight is scheduled to take place June 29 in Minneapolis on ESPN at the Target Center, where it will be the main event. ESPN broke the news.
As mentioned earlier, Tyron Woodley was dominated by newly crowned welterweight champ, Kamaru Usman earlier this month. Usman dominated all five rounds, out wrestling the champ to capture the title. Before that, Woodley had rattled off three title defenses against Stephen Thompson, Damien Maia, and Darren Till. Woodley now looks to rebound from his first loss in five years against the former champ who he dethroned.
Reasons for a rematch
Robbie Lawler is coming off a controversial loss as well to Ben Askren, also at UFC 235. Lawler pounced on Askren quick with a slam and then ground and pound. Askren survived and managed to sink a bulldog choke. In the choke, referee Herb Dean checked to see if Lawler was out and called off the fight prematurely. Fans were clamoring for a rematch, but instead we get the rematch that was a long time coming. After his original fight with Woodley, Lawler was out over a year due to injury.
The first fight between Lawler and Woodley was a quick one. At 2:12, Woodley landed his patented overhand right and put down Robbie Lawler. Prior to that, Lawler looked near invincible in wars such as Lawler-McDonald and Lawler-Condit.
Lawler and Woodley 2 is bound to put on an exciting show for fans. Two former champs fighting in a main event is the perfect fight for a UFC on ESPN event.