UFC president Dana White has told ESPN that a rematch between former champions Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler will headline UFC Minneapolis in June.
There were few times in this sport that packed quite as much of a punch as the Robbie Lawler era of the UFC welterweight division.
His trio of fights with Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald, and Carlos Condit made up his title-win and two defenses and as far as recent memory is concerned, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more thrilling triple-header of championship matchups.
When Tyron Woodley made the walk to the UFC octagon at UFC 201 for Lawler’s third title-defense, few could have realised that one of the most impressive reigns of the modern era was about to begin.
A first-round knockout of Lawler was followed by a pair of fights with Stephen Thompson, a complete shut-out of Demian Maia, and his annihilation of Darren Till.
Of course, Kamaru Usman was able to beat him down convincingly over five-rounds at UFC 235 and now, both Woodley and Lawler find themselves out of the immeadiate title-picture.
UFC president Dana White spoke to ESPN and let it be known that a rematch between the two has been verbally agreed upon for June 29’s return to Minneapolis.
It is understood that the fight will serve as the event’s headliner.
Lawler’s last outing saw him come out on the losing side of Ben Askren’s long-awaited debut, although that fight was not without its controversy.
For a while, it did seem as though Dana was set on running that matchup back due to the unfortunate early stoppage that marred Askren’s impressive comeback victory but by the looks of things, he now has his eyes set on a very different fight for the Funky wrestler.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena