MMANews.com is your source for UFC 201 Results and live coverage. UFC 201: Lawler vs. Woodley takes place live from Atlanta, Georgia, and we will be providing the absolute best live results coverage of the highly anticipated pay-per-view featuring an absolutely stacked lineup, including Rose Namajunas vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz in an exciting women’s bout, as well as durable veterans Matt Brown and Jake Ellenberger duking things out in a 170-pound battle.
UFC 201 kicks off live tonight with a two-fight preliminary card on UFC Fight Pass starting at 6:30pm ET. / 3:30pm PT., featuring Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic in the main event, as well as a four-fight preliminary card headlined by Ed Herman vs. Nikita Krylov on FOX Sports 2 starting at 8pm ET. / 5pm PT. After the FS1 prelims, starting at 10pm ET. / 7pm PT., it will be time for the UFC 201 pay-per-view headlined by Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley for the UFC Welterweight Title.
MMANews.com will be providing live, quick-match UFC 201 results coverage of the two preliminary cards this evening, and the fastest, most detailed round-by-round results coverage of every fight on the pay-per-view portion of the show from start-to-finish. We welcome fans to test our updates against the competition this evening, as it will not take long for you to figure out where you want to be when the big fights get started.
Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET)
– Damien Brown def. Cesar Arzamendia via first-round KO (2:27)
– Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic is declared a majority draw (30-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Undercard (FOX Sports 2 at 8 p.m. ET)
– Wilson Reis def. Hector Sandoval via submission (choke) at 1:49 of round one
– Anthony Hamilton def. Damian Grabowski via KO (punches) at 0:14 of round one
– Jorge Masvidal def. Ross Pearson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
– Nikita Krylov def. Ed Herman via knockout (head kick) at 0:40 of round two
NOTE: Alright fight fans, this concludes the preliminary portion of UFC 201. With the pay-per-view kicking off now, we will begin our live detailed, round-by-round coverage of the rest of the show. Enjoy the fights and remember to refresh this page often for live in-round updates during each fight.
Main Card (PPV at 10pm ET)
Ryan Benoit vs. Fredy Serrano
Round 1: The video package for our first fight of the night is airing now. Both guys have made their walk to the cage. Bruce Buffer is kicking off the PPV inside the Octagon. Blake Grice will be our referee. Our first fight is now underway. Serrano with some middle kicks early on. Benoit takes out the leg of Serrano with a leg kick. Serrano tags Benoit with a big right hand. Serrano catches a kick by Benoit, scoops him up and slams him down with a vengeance. The two scramble back to their feet. Serrano catches Benoit with a knee on the way back up. Two minutes left in the round. Benoit catches Serrano with a good punch. Nice leg kick from Benoit lands. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Fredy Serrano
Round 2: Second round is now underway. Benoit clinches up with Serrano and looks for a guillotine. Serrano clams his way out of it — hard. Serrano and Benoit work back up but Serrano stays on a leg. Benoit works his way free. This round ends. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Fredy Serrano.
Round 3: The third and final round was a slower paced, less action round. A lot of the round was spent on the ground. In the end, the bell sounds with not a lot going on. Benoit landed a good shot near the end of the round. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Ryan Benoit.
Ryan Benoit def. Fredy Serrano via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Francisco Rivera vs. Erik Perez
Round 1: Both guys are making their walks to the cage now. Our second PPV fight is moments away. Both guys come out swinging cautiously. Rivera is being patient but fighting technical and scoring points with leg kicks and a nice punch. Perez with a nice kick of his own. Joe Rogan says the layoff has Perez looknig a little stiff tonight. Perez lands a couple of good shots. The two are cliinched against the cage now. Rivera catches Perez with a good punch. Perez with one of his own. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Francisco Rivera.
Round 2: Little controversy regarding a potential after-the-bell hit right as the buzzer sounded to end the first. Nothing major. Second round now underway. Little bit of a faster pace here in the early goings of the second round. Just as I say that, we have a solid mnute with almost no action. Nice kick from Perez. Perez is using a lot of footwork, bouncing around like TJ Dillashaw or Dominick Cruz. Rivera bleeding out of the top right of his forehead, near the hairline. The announcers aren’t sure what caused the cut. Perez with a nice inside leg kick that backs Rivera up. Perez takes him down off the cage. The round ends with Perez on top. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Erik Perez
Round 3: We’ve got it 1-1 on our card, could be another close fight like our PPV opener. This five minute frame could tell the story of the fight! These two come out swinging very wildly. Rivera cracks Perez. Perez catches him too. Guys, these two are literally rock’m, sock’m robot’ing this round. The action finally hits the ground as the two tire a bit, although we’ve got 4 minutes and change to go! The action settles in with both guys a bit tired, but Perez is on top in comfortable control. Joe Rogan speculates Rivera is too tired to get up on his own. The fans are starting to boo, wanting a standup. They finally work back to their feet with ten seconds left but nothing much happens. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Erik Perez.
Erik Perez def. Francisco Rivera via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)
Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger
Round 1: The video package for this fight airs. Jake Ellenberger makes his way to the cage. Matt Brown is now down to the Octagon. Our next fight is moments away. And here we go. Ellenberger drops Brown with a big punch to open the round. Ellenberger tires himself out. Ellenberger blasts Brown with a huge kick to the body. Ellenberger finishes him. Wow.
Jake Ellenberger def. Matt Brown via KO (body kick) at 1:46 of round one
Rose Namajunas vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Round 1: This is our co-main event of the evening. The video package airs. Karolina makes her way to the cage. Rose is making her way out now. Bruce Buffer just finished doing his thing. Here we go! Rose opens up with a leg kick. Karolina is being patient, looking for openings. She lands a kick of her own. Rose looks for a big punch but doesn’t find the mark.The two start opening up with their striking a bit. Rose lands a decent right hand. Karolina is winding up, looking for power shots but finding nothing thus far. A good leg kick from Rose. Karolina with a nice right hand. Rose hits the mat off a kick, but pops back up. Karolina fakes low and goes high with a kick but doesn’t find the mark.Rose catches Karolina with a nice counter punch as she was coming in. Rose with a good leg kick. Karolina opening up a bit more with strikes near the end of the round. The two exchange a bit but Rose clinches and takes her down. Karolina is close to sneaking and taking Rose’s back. She gets her back but Rose stands up and takes her back down to end the round. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Rose Namajunas.
Round 2: The second round kicks off with Rose landing a nice right hand over the top. Karolina gets in the clinch and starts doing some really nice work from there. Rose tries taking her down but no dice. The two are clinched against the cage. Karolina still working knees from the body. Nice elbow from Karolina. Rose looking to take the back of Karolina standing. We’re half-way through the round and the two break out of the clinch, with Karolina landing a nice elbow. Rose catches Karolina with a nice one-two punch combo. Karolina with a leg kick. Both guys exchange punches. Rose blasts Karolina with a front kick to the body that pushes her back. Rose dives in for a takedown but Karolina stuffs it. We’re back clinched against the cage for a few seconds but they eventually circle out and get back after it. One minute left in the round. Karolina catches Rose with a decent knee. The action slows down a bit. Karolina seems the more comfortable of the two. Rose with a jumping knee attempt and a jab to end the round. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Round 3: We’ve got it 1-1 here in the third and final round. This round could make the difference in the fight if it goes the distance and goes to the judges cards. The third round sees Karolina looking for a spinning back-kick to literally kick things off. Rose starts throwing some kicks back at her. Both girls look determined here in the final frame. Joe Rogan speculates that the body work from Karolina is why we see Rose slowed down here in the third. Nice leg kick by Rose. Nice right hand lands for Rose. Half-way through the final round and Karolina catches Rose with a punch while she was throwing a kick, which results in Rose slipping to her butt. Karolina and Rose go at it when she pops back up, but now Karolina lands some good shots and ends up in top position on the ground. Karolina working from inside Rose’s full guard. Rose throws up an armbar that looks good but Karolina escapes. Karolina throwing some ground and pound now. Rose looks for a leg lock but Karolina avoids it. Rose is staying busier from the bottom here so far, looking for any submission Karolina will give her — which thus far is none. 20 seconds remains and Rose is looking for an oma-plata. No dice. Karolina escapes and is throwing punches. The two stand up and duke it out to finish the round and the fight. MMANews.com scores the round 10-9 for Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Rose Namajunas via unanimous decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
UFC Welterweight Title
– Robbie Lawler (c) vs. Tyron Woodley
Round 1: The video package for tonight’s main event is airing now. Tyron Woodley just made his way to the cage. The champion, Robbie Lawler, is now making his way out. Both guys are in the cage now and Bruce Buffer is doing his thing for this, our main event of the evening. And here we go. Our final fight of the evening is live. The fans chant “Robbie! Robbie!” as both guys bounce around and feel each other out a bit here in the early goings. Woodley charges in with some big punch attempts to close the distance. He does and now he’s got a hold of Lawler against the cage. The referee quickly breaks the two. Real quick. Lawler stalks Woodley some more as the wrestlers backs and circles. Joe Rogan points out how patient Lawler is fighting thus far, noting Woodley has excellent speed to be aware of. Out of nowhere Woodley throws a bomb of a right hand and connects. Lawler is down and out. It’s over! We have a new champion!
Tyron Woodley def. Robbie Lawler via KO (punch) at 2:12 of round one to become the new UFC Welterweight Champion.