Woodley stuns Lawler to claim UFC welterweight title
The early exchanges were cagey, but with just 132 seconds on the clock Woodley landed a massive overhand right, flush on the chin of Lawler, knocking him down.
It took Tyron Woodley 2:12 to TKO the defending champ.— ESPN (@espn) July 31, 2016
That's the fastest finish in welterweight title history. pic.twitter.com/ORHFxA0HQY
He followed up with a few more shots before the referee stepped in to stop the contest.
"I was nervous that I wasn't nervous," Woodley said post fight. "I've been envisioning this belt being around my waist for my life."
Karolina Kowalkiewicz moved a step closer to a women's strawweight title shot with a hard fought points victory over Rose Namajunas.
The first round saw Namajunas take the fight to Kowalkiewicz, but the Polish star hit back in the second before dominating proceedings in the final round to take a deserved victory.
Jake Ellenberger was once a top welterweight but has looked a shadow of his former self in recent times; losing five of his last six fights.
However, he returned to form with a bang against Matt Brown, stunning his opponent with some heavy shots to seal victory in 106 seconds.
Erik Perez and Ryan Benoit were also successful on the main card, while Ukrainian light heavyweight Nikita Krylov scored a crazy walk-off knockout on Ed Herman with a stunning head kick in the main bout on the preliminary card.
UFC 201 results
Tyron Woodley def. Robbie Lawler via knockout (punches) - Round 1, 2:12
Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Rose Namajunas by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Jake Ellenberger def. Matt Brown via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:46
Erik Perez def. Francisco Rivera by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-28)
Ryan Benoit def. Fredy Serrano via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Nikita Krylov def. Ed Herman by knockout (head kick) - Round 1, 0:40
Jorge Masvidal def. Ross Pearson via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Andrews Nakahara def. Travis Doerge via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 0:55
Wilson Reis def. Hector Sandoval via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 1:49
Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic declared a majority draw (30-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Damien Brown def. Cesar Arzamendia via knockout (punches) - Round 1, 2:27