A week after Holly Holm's loss caused further chaos in the women's bantamweight division; UFC 201 was full of upsets and surprises. Let's get into it!

Ryan Benoit vs. Fredy Serrano

In the main card's opening bout, two extremely similar fighters went to war for three rounds. Throughout the entire fight, both men traded heavy blows.

Fredy Serrano was able to take his opponent down at will, but Ryan Benoit's two knockdowns ultimately scored him the victory. The judges scored the fight 29-28 for Benoit, 29-28 for Serrano, and 29-28 for Benoit. Benoit won by split decision.

Erik Perez vs. Francisco Rivera

Erik Perez and Francisco Rivera spent the majority of the first round feeling each other out on their feet until Perez was able to secure a takedown and keep his opponent on the ground for the majority of the round.

Round two was more of the same, seeming to promise that this fight would go the distance. Then, they unloaded on each other at the beginning of the third.

Both fighters swung wildly. Suddenly, Rivera fell in exhaustion, and Perez mounted him in an attempt to finish the fight.

Rivera was able to recover and barely survive the round. The judges scored the fight 30-26, 30-26, and 30-28, declaring Erik Perez the winner by unanimous decision.

Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger

These fighters came out fast. Matt Brown was able to land two strikes before being knocked to the ground by Jake Ellenberger's powerful right hand.

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Brown weathered the storm and worked his way back to his feet, only to be knocked down again. Ellenberger mounted his opponent and finished the fight via TKO at 1:46 in the first round.  

Rose Namajunas vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

In the first round, Rose Namajunas was able to time her opponent very well and landed punches at will. As the fight went on, however, Karolina Kowalkiewicz was able to clinch with Namajunas, continually landing big knees to the body.

In the third round, Kowalkiewicz landed a huge elbow that knocked Namajunas to the ground. She followed the knockdown with a vicious series of ground strikes, but Namajunas was able to fend off the attack. After a series of failed submission attempts, Namajunas made it to her feet.

The fight ended with both fighters exchanging. The judges scored the contest 29-28 for Kowalkiewicz, 29-28 of Namajunes, and 29-28 for Kowalkiewicz, declaring Karolina Kowalkiewicz by split decision.

Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley

In the main event, both Lawler and Woodley came out swinging. After a flurry of punches, Woodley was able to push Lawler against the cage, utilizing his size advantage to wear down the champion. Lawler broke away from his opponent and began advancing.

A moment later, Woodley dropped him with a hard right hand and followed with six right hands to the face as Lawler laid unconscious against the cage.

Tyron Woodley became the new UFC welterweight champion via knockout at 2:12 in the first round. Unfortunately for his fans, "Ruthless" is not flawless.

At UFC 201, Ryan Benoit won his first pay-per-view matchup. Erik Perez took a big step forward in the bantamweight division. Jake Ellenberger ended his cold streak by picking up an aggressive win. Karolina Kowalkiewicz proved she deserves a title shot.

And Tyron Woodley, after finally getting a shot at the title, became the number one welterweight in the world. It was a wild ride packed with highlights!

Be on the look out for my analysis of UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Caceres later this week.

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