(Dave Mandel/Sherdog)UFC 201: Lawler vs. Woodley Match-by-Match Preview Tony Samboras July 22, 2016 Events, Previews, Spotlight, UFC The first event of the new era will be UFC 201: Lawler vs. Woodley on July 30, 2016. And though – as Jon Jones might tell you – no card is ever set in stone until the very last minute, it’s never too early (or too late for that matter) to take a look at the scheduled fights to take place at the event. Perhaps you’re into UFC betting, perhaps you just enjoy the sight of two grown men – or women, no need to be sexist here – beating eachother up. Either way, let’s check the match-ups. Robbie ‘Ruthless’ Lawler (c) vs. Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley (main event for the UFC Welterweight Championship) Lawler (26-10-0, 1NC) won the belt in a split decision against Johny Hendricks at UFC 181 on December 6th, 2014. He has successfully defended it versus Rory MacDonald and Carlos Condit. Woodley (15-3-0) actually lost to MacDonald a couple of years ago, but has won his last two bouts, against Dong Hyun Kim and Kelvin Gastelum. Rose ‘Thug’ Namajunas vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz (women’s strawweight) Namajunas (6-2-0) has won her last three straight matches, including an upset versus Paige Van Zant on December 10th of last year at Fight Night 80 that earned Performance of the Night honors. Kowalkiewicz (9-0-0) is undefeated in nine professional MMA bouts and is 2-0 in the UFC. Matt ‘The Immortal’ Brown vs. Jake ‘The Juggernaut’ Ellenberger (welterweight) Brown (22-14-0) is coming off a loss to Demian Mata at UFC 198 on May 14th, and has lost three of his four last fights (including one to the aforementioned Lawler). Ellenberger (30-11-0) is in a bit of a slump himself after having lost to Stephen Thompson and Tarec Saffiedine in his two previous matches. It never gets more exciting for UFC betting fans than when two guys with nothing to lose meet inside the cage. Francisco ‘Cisco’ Rivera vs. Érik ‘Goyito’ Pérez (bantamweight) Also down on his luck, Rivera (11-6-0, 1NC) is 1-4 in his last five fights, thought he has had his work cut out for him facing the likes of Urijah Faber and John Lineker. Perez (15-6-0), on the other hand, lost to Bryan Caraway at Fight Night 42 but bounced back with a victory over Taylor Lapilus on The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. Ed ‘Short Fuse’ Herman vs. Nikita ‘The Miner’ Krylov (light heavyweight) Herman (24-11-0) returned to the division with a win over Tim Boetsch at Fight Night 81 on January 17th. Krylov (20-4-0) has won his last four, most recently a submission win over Francimar Barroso on May 8th. Ross ‘The Real Deal’ Pearson vs. Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal (welterweight) Pearson (21-11-0) stepped up on short notice to replace the injured Siyar Bahadurzada; he just lost to Will Brooks by unanimous decision on July 8th. Masvidal (29-11-0) returned successfully to welterweight about a year ago but has lost two in a row since. Anthony ‘Freight Train’ Hamilton vs. Damian ‘The Polish Pitbull’ Grabowski (heavyweight) Hamilton (14-5-0) has been hit-and-miss lately with wins over Daniel Omielańczuk and Ruan Potts interspersed between losses to Oleksiy Oliynyk, Todd Duffee, and Shamil Abdurakhimov. Grabowski (20-3-0) has had trouble himself after Marcin Tybura snapped his 6-fight winning streak. A toss-up for UFC betting fans.