Robbie Lawler vs Tyron Woodley
The comparison between the two fighters is even pretty much all around. Both fighters are 34, however Lawler is a couple of inches taller. Both fighters have 74″ reach, however Woodley’s leg reach of 42″ is a three-inch advantage. The fighters still have to formally weigh-in, however the welterweight title match needs fighters to weigh in at 170 pounds on the dot or lighter. (Official weights revealed at the weigh-in, which airs on Friday at 6 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 2).
Lawler has a higher surface rate in his career, 20 of his 27 wins visiting knockout with an additional submission win. Woodley’s 15 wins are an even split in between knockouts, submissions and decision.
Experience and time in the cage is an intriguing distinction in between Lawler and Woodley, and can be seen as a benefit or downside for either fighter. Lawler has battled more and has more experience in five-round champion bouts. Woodley has actually had simply one fight go past the third round, a knockout loss in the fourth-round of a welterweight title bout versus Nate Marquardt in Strikeforce.
But the other part of that equation, if you opt to see it that way, is mileage or wear and tear. Lawler has actually remained in some brutal wars that have gone five rounds. His decision win versus Carlos Condit was a stressful affair. His fifth-round knockout of Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 saw both guys take amazing damage. Woodley has less wear and tear.