Former Missouri wrestler Tyron Woodley became the new UFC Welterweight champion, defeating Robbie Lawler with a first-round knockout at UFC 201 in Atlanta on Saturday.
Woodley knocked out Lawler in two minutes, 12 seconds, the fastest knockout in UFC welterweight history. Woodley attacked quickly and had Lawler up against the cage before landing a right hand that proved to be the deciding blow.
Woodley credited his wrestling and the concern Lawler had for his wrestling ability in helping secure the win:
“There wasn’t a chink in (Lawler’s) armor,” Woodley told reporters, according to Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “But I knew he’d be thinking about my wrestling and I knew he’d be thinking about my right hand, so we had several different plays, as we call them, to use that right hand and get to that powerful punch.”
Woodley was an All-American wrestler at Missouri, winning a Big 12 title in 2003.