UFC 201 Betting: Lawler vs Woodley Odds

UFC pay-per-view action returns this weekend with the Welterweight belt on the line as champion Robbie Lawler looks to defend his title for the third time. He will be facing the No. 4 ranked contender Tyron Woodley in what promises to be a classic fight between power and grit vs. speed and technique.

Also on the UFC 201 card will be an appearance by the popular Rose Namajunas as well as a battle between Jake Ellenberger and Matt Brown.

The UFC 201 main event is surprisingly handicapped close with a slight edge going towards the champ at UFC odds of -185 at online sportsbook Bovada. Lawler is 6-0 over his last six fights when handicapped as the favorite, and it’s no secret that he has made major improvements to his technique and cardio since returning to the UFC in 2013.

Lawler was handicapped at -250 when betting opened, but despite the action on Woodley pushing that number down, we like the champ in this one.

Woodley will bring lethal speed at 170 pounds but he will have to deliver more punishment than he ever has in a fight before if he is going to outlast Lawler over five rounds. We expect him to win one or two of the early rounds, but once the champ drags him into deeper waters we expect Woodley to fade and likely lose via decision or late-round KO.

If the upset MMA betting line on him was worth a bigger payday than the +150 Bovada option, we may have considered it a bit more.

The UFC 201 co-main event features Rose Namajunas looking to get a step closer to a UFC Women’s Strawweight title shot with a win over Karolina Kowalkiewicz. Namajunas has won her last three fights in impressive fashion and is handicapped as an MMA betting -230 favorite. The line on her opponent is a +180 option, which is generous considering she is undefeated as a professional and 2-0 in the UFC.

Another line that jumps out at us on the UFC 201 fight card is the +185 option on Ian McCall against Justin Scoggins. Despite dropping three of his last five fights, we think McCall’s experience may be too much for Scoggins to deal with over three rounds.

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