Former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will begin his road back to the belt with a rematch against another former titleholder Robbie Lawler at UFC On ESPN 4 in Minneapolis on June 29th.
The two stars first clashed at UFC 201 in 2016, with ‘The Chosen One’ producing a knockout finish in the first round to dethrone Lawler and become the new champion.
Woodley would go on to defend the title against Stephen Thompson, Demian Maia and Darren Till, before eventually losing out on the scorecards to a dominant Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 earlier this month.
Now he has to face ‘Ruthless’ once again at a time when Lawler is coming off what many people consider to be a controversial submission loss to Ben Askren at UFC 235.
Lawler hurt Askren in the early stages of the fight, but then the referee waved off the fight believing he’d been choked unconscious by a bulldog choke, but the way Lawler sprang back to his feet and complained the instant Askren let go of the hold suggested otherwise.
That was Lawler’s first fight in over a year, with his last outing being a loss to Rafael dos Anjos in December of 2017, though he does hold a win on the scorecards over Donald Cerrone prior to that.
Woodley Vs Lawler is expected to headline the UFC On ESPN 4 card and is currently the only fight confirmed for it.