Ugly month of July has promising end for UFC

The month of July hasn been much fun in the world of mixed martial arts.

Between an underwhelming UFC 200 and big names getting flagged for potential anti doping violations, it kind of felt like the month just won end.

Finally, though, there some fights to look forward to and to distract fans from all the bad news. Saturday UFC 201 card isn necessarily the deepest fight night we seen recently, but it got welterweight champion Robbie Lawler fighting. That counts for a lot.

Of all the champions on the UFC roster, Lawler might be the one whose name most guarantees excitement. His last two fights have been instant classics, and with challenger Tyron Woodley on deck for Saturday, Lawler got the chance to turn some serious heads.

sick of of the Years Lawler told media in Los Angeles earlier this month. what my game all about: trying to get in there and get a finish. bookmakers have Lawler as the betting favourite, and there are few pundits out there who seem to be giving Woodley much of a chance. In large part, that because the challenger has been out of action since January of 2015 when he beat Kelvin Gastelum in an underwhelming three rounder, while Lawler is riding a five fight win streak and survived two epic battles with Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit in the time since Woodley last fought.

The perception of the two fighters couldn be more different, either. Woodley was promised a title shot after Johny Hendricks pulled out of their fight at UFC 192 last year in Houston, and chose to stay on the sidelines and wait for Lawler instead of going out and asserting his claim with another dominant victory.

In a sport where a willingness to fighting anywhere and anytime is held in high regard, that strategy didn win Woodley many fans.

Meanwhile, Lawler reign as champion has brought a burst of excitement to a welterweight division that was long dominated by Georges St. Pierre and his smothering style. Lawler hits hard and takes big shots in return, and that made him one of the most adored fighters on the UFC roster.

comes to shove, I a fighter, Lawler told the Los Angeles Times. going to force someone to fight me. To take (the welterweight belt), they going to have to have more than skill and technique. wholesale nfl jerseys It a lot of heart, a lot of determination. That just who I am. I not messing around out there. I not giving it away. a long month, that the sort of attitude that suggests Saturday main event will ensure that July ends on a high note.

IN SUPPORT

On Monday, Mark Hunt went on the MMAHour podcast and unleashed a blistering attack on the UFC for its handling of doping violations. It a must listen for fight fans, and he ended it off by asserting once again that he wanted to see fighters come together and organize a union.

The response from fellow UFC fighters has been somewhat underwhelming, but at least one former UFC champion has spoken out in support of the idea.

100% support Mark Hunt, everything he doing and talking about, Henderson said. think it a long time coming, it should have been here a long time ago. lost to Brock Lesnar at UFC 200, only to find out after the fight that Lesnar had been flagged for two potential anti doping violations.

On Wednesday, though, he re upped for at least one more year.

was on the fence, man, Rogan said on his Joe Rogan Experience podcast. just do too much s , I too f busy. After a while I like, I don know if I doing myself or all the different things I do a disservice. I was real close (to leaving), I was like I just gonna completely bail off of this or I gonna figure it out has worked with the UFC since 1997 and remains one of the most reliable commentators in mixed martial arts. Even though the UFC now has a couple decent backups for his position, his departure would have been a big loss.

So what convinced him to stay? Well, repeated conversations with UFC president Dana White helped, as well as one of the craziest nights in mixed martial arts history at UFC 196 in March.

The month of July hasn been much fun in the world of mixed martial arts.

Between an underwhelming UFC 200 and big names getting flagged for potential anti doping violations, it kind of felt like the month just won end.

Finally, though, there some fights to look forward to and to distract fans from all the bad news. Saturday UFC 201 card isn necessarily the deepest fight night we seen recently, but it got welterweight champion Robbie Lawler fighting. That counts for a lot.

Of all the champions on the UFC roster, Lawler might be the one whose name most guarantees excitement. His last two fights have been been instant classics, and with challenger Tyron Woodley on deck for Saturday, Lawler got the chance to turn some serious heads.