When: July 30, 2016
Where: Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia
Why: Welterweight Title
Broadcast: PPV, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass
Any fight card with Robbie Lawler is a can’t-miss event. The welterweight champion put on the 2015 Fight of the Year for his war with Robbie Lawler, then somehow kicked off 2016 with another contender for the award after an epic bout with Carlos Condit. Can the “Ruthless” one put on a third straight performance for the ages against the uber-athletic Tyron Woodley?
The pair will meet at UFC 201, which takes place on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Also on the card is pound-for- pound great Demetrious Johnson, who will defend his flyweight title against Wilson Reis, and Rose Namajunas -- who derailed the hype train of Paige VanZant to establish herself as an exciting contender at strawweight.
Let’s break down a few of the best fights, with odds courtesy of BookMaker.eu.
Welterweight Championship - Robbie Lawler -225 vs. Tyron Woodley +185
It’s not a coincidence that the UFC called upon it’s most exciting champ to headline the first pay-per- view after its milestone UFC 200 weekend. Robbie Lawler is either deathly allergic to boring fights, or he is a masochist that insists he and his opponent have lost half their blood by the time the bout is over.
Some guys say they’re born to fight, but Lawler is the real deal. He’s a man of few words and nuclear punching power. But he’s facing the most athletic challenger of his championship career. The most compelling storyline is how Lawler will handle Woodley’s speed and explosive power. Result: Woodley wins by KO Round 1
Flyweight Championship - Demetrious Johnson -1375 vs. Wilson Reis +900
Should Wilson Reis upset flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, it would be one of -- if not the biggest -- upset in MMA history. You simply do not see +900 underdogs in UFC title fights very often. In fact, “Mighty Mouse” has been so good that he’s cleaned out the 125-pound division, prompting very loud calls for him to move up in weight to challenge for the bantamweight crown.
Reis has his work cut out for him, but in the past year we’ve seen Michael Bisping knock out Luke Rockhold on two weeks notice and Holly Holm shatter Ronda Rousey’s invincible aura, so anything is possible.
At Bookmaker Sportsbook the opening UFC odds are listed early with current UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler as -225 favorite and top UFC top Welterweight challenger Tyron Woodley is listed at +185 as the underdog.
If you would like to bet on Lawler as the favorite at -225, meaning you have to risk $225 to win $100.
If you bet on the underdog Woodley at +185, meaning that for every $100 bet you will win $185.
Bet on the UFC 200 Co-main event:
Also, bet on Demetrious Johnson, as he opens as a huge -1375 favorite and you will be able to get +900 on UFC Wilson Reis as this fights challenger.
If you would like to bet on Johnson as the favorite at -1375, meaning you have to risk $1375 to win $100.
If you bet on the underdog Reis at +900, meaning that for every $100 bet you will win $900.
Bet on the Opening UFC 201 Lines at Bookmaker.eu
Lawler vs. Woodley takes place on Saturday night in Atlanta with the headliner being the bout between UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and top contender Tyron Woodley. There are five fights on the main pay-per-view card as in addition to Lawler vs. Woodley it will be Rose Namajunas vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger, Francisco Rivera vs. Erik Perez and Justin Scoggins vs. Ian McCall. There are seven fights on the preliminary card on Fox Sports 2 and UFC Fight Pass. Continue...
Rose Namajunas vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger
Ian McCall vs. Justin Scoggins
Nikita Krylov vs. Ed Herman