The year 2016 has been a very eventful one for UFC, with various fighters establishing themselves as champions for the first time in their run with the company. Now another fighter has won his first-ever UFC title, as Tyron Woodley (16-3) knocked out Robbie Lawler (27-11-1) in the main event of UFC 201 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, taking only 2:12 to win the welterweight belt, and becoming the seventh first-time UFC champion in just as many months.

Aggressive, crafty approach allows Woodley to take the KO win

From the opening bell, Woodley fought with a great sense of urgency, aggressively moving forward in the ring and successfully faking Lawler out to leave him vulnerable.

After the feint, “T-Wood” let loose with his powerful right hand, dropping the “Ruthless” one to the mat and leaving him open to a flurry of punches.

"We knew Robbie would be well prepared for a takedown," said Woodley after the fight. "So I used a little speed and a blitz and I closed the distance, something told me the right hand would be there.” He did make sure, however, not to sound too arrogant, simply saying that all he wanted to do was to win the welterweight title, despite the feeling one gets by knocking out such a talented fighter.

Lawler, on the other hand, was far more succinct post-fight, commenting that his loss “is what it is.” At UFC 201, he was making his fourth title defense in the welterweight division.

Other UFC 201 results: Ellenberger TKOs Brown, Namajunas loses by split decision

The rest of the UFC 201 card was almost as interesting as the main event, as Karolina Kowalkiewicz beat Rose Namajunas by split decision, possibly setting her up for a women’s strawweight title fight against her fellow Polish fighter Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Jake Ellenberger, who had lost five out of his last six fights, made a strong showing, also scoring a first-round knockout in welterweight competition as he dominated Matt Brown via TKO. Erik Perez defeated Francisco Rivera by unanimous decision in the men’s bantamweight division, and the main card kicked off with flyweight Ryan Benoit taking a split decision win over Fredy Serrano.

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