What was your biggest takeaway from UFC 201 and what do you make of Alex’s five picks?
ONE WAR TOO MANY FOR LAWLER
Cautious and tentative, this wasn’t the Robbie Lawler we’ve seen go toe-to-toe in bloody wars with Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit. Perhaps time off is needed.
POLAND RULES THE STRAWWEIGHTS
Karolina Kowalkiewicz is now in line to take on compatriot and champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk. The 115lbs division is full of varying nationalities yet the two best hail from Poland.
Jedrzejczyk vs. Kowalkiewicz. Headline killer. I now refer to that fight as JJ vs KK.#UFC201— Alex Rea (@AlexReaSport) July 31, 2016
WOODLEY’S PATIENCE PAYS OFF
He was lambasted for taking a near 18-month layoff after his clash with Johny Hendricks was called off late last year but Tyron Woodley felt it was his time and waited the chance to shine, a decision which paid dividends in the end.
ELLENBERGER’S NOT DONE YET
Billed as last-chance saloon – he has dropped five of his last six – Jake Ellenberger proved he has plenty of life in him with a rapid stoppage of Matt Brown.
KRYLOV IS A LEGITIMATE CONTENDER
Nikita Krylov will soon be a contender at 205lbs. It’s a division crying out for talent and the Ukrainian’s impressive stoppage of Ed Herman, his fifth straight finish, shows he is not too far away from entering title contention.
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