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Woodley stuns Lawler with 1st round KO

Tyron Woodley

It took a lot of time and a lot of hard work for Tyron Woodley to finally get a title shot and he made the most of it. Midway through the first round Woodley feint a jab, caused Robbie Lawler to drop his hands and came right over the top with a looping right hook that landed perfectly on the jaw for the knockout at 2:48.

After a minute of sizing each other up and now throwing anything, Woodley came charging in and pushed Lawler up against the cage. However, more inactivity led to referee Dan Miragliotta to separate the two. Woodley continued to follow Lawler around the cage, but created his opening with the fake jab and exploded forward with the power right hand. Lawler went down and for good measure Woodley pounced on top and continued to land right hands until Lawler was unconscious.

Considering Woodley hadn’t fought in 18 months, was only No. 4 in the rankings and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson was coming of a very impressive victory over former champion Johny Hendricks in early February, it was a questionable why Woodley was chooses to be Lawler’s opponent even despite being promised a title shot after his title eliminator fight at UFC 192 was canceled when Hendricks missed weight, but Woodley proved all of his doubters wrong by becoming just the second person ever to knock Lawler out, and just the first since Nick Diaz over 10 years ago.

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