Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC 201.
Tonight’s card comes to us from the Philips Arena in Atlanta, with bouts airing live on pay-per-view, FOX Sports 2 and UFC Fight Pass.
In the main event, welterweight champion Robbie Lawler puts his title on the line against top challenger Tyron Woodley.
Lawler won the belt in 2014 with a split decision victory over Johny Hendricks and has successfully defended it vs. both Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit. Overall, “Ruthless” is on a five-fight win streak that also includes wins over Matt Brown and Jake Ellenberger – who meet on the same card.
Woodley (15-3) has not fought since a January 2015 split decision win vs. Kelvin Gastelum due to injuries and timing issues. He is on a two-fight win streak and is 4-1 over his last five, having also defeated Condot and Josh Koscheck.
In the co-main event, strawweight contenders Rose Namajunas and Karolina Kowalkiewicz square off, with the winner moving one step closer to competing for UFC gold.
The rest of the PPV card features Brown-Ellenberger, Francisco Rivera-Erik Perez and Ryan Benoit-Fredy Serrano. Original plans called for Justin Scoggins-Ian McCall to begin the main card, but weight-cutting issues by Scoggins scrapped the contest.
Headlining the FS2 prelims will be a light heavyweight showdown between Ed Herman and Nikita Krylov. Ross Pearson meets Jorge Masvidal at welterweight, Anthony Hamilton battles Damian Grabowski at heavyweight and Wilson Reis squares off against Hector Sandoval.
Reis was to challenge flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson in the co-main event, but an injury knocked “Mighty Mouse” from action.
The two UFC Fight Pass prelims include Michael Graves-Bojan Velickovic and Cesar Arzamendia-Damien Brown.
Our live coverage will begin at 7 p.m. ET.