Best Of The Best: The Top 12 MMA Knockouts Of 2016

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9. Tyron Woodley vs. Robbie Lawler

In the main event of July 30’s UFC 201 from Atlanta, UFC welterweight champion ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler would look to make his third consecutive title defense when he took on ‘The Chosen One’ Tyron Woodley.

Woodley earned his title opportunity after his scheduled bout with Johny Hendricks fell through when ‘Bigg Rigg’ was hospitalized due to complications with the weight cut and the bout was called off. Lawler was riding a five-fight win streak at the time, not having lost a boutsince 2014.

This bout didn’t last very long, as Woodley opened up with a massive overhand-right that landed flush on ‘Ruthless” chin and sent him into another dimension. The knockout loss was only the second of Lawler’s career with his only other being against Nick Diaz in their meeting at UFC 47 in 2004.

Lawler was originally set to make his return against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC 205 from New York last month, but pulled out due to health concerns and is not yet booked as of this writing.

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