Woodley Brings UFC Championship to St. Louis

In the two decades the Rams played football in St. Louis, they produced one Super Bowl championship. The Blues will play their 50th season in 2017 and are still without a Stanley Cup to their credit. As for the Cardinals? The team the city is best known for in sports may have won three consecutive Central Division championships under Mike Matheny, but they haven’t won “the big one” in five years.

With the Cards licking their wounds after giving up 11 runs in a shutout loss to the Florida Marlins yesterday, the city can once again celebrate high-level success—in the still perceived “fringe” sport of mixed martial arts (MMA.) Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley’s capturing of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) title at 170 pounds can now shine a positive spotlight on his birth city of Ferguson as well.

Woodley was a 48-0 state championship-winning wrestler before graduating Florissant’s McCluer High School for the University of Missouri. The 15-3 fighter, the owner of St. Louis’ ATT Evolution gym affiliated with the renowned American Top Team of Florida, was considered the heavy underdog against “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler despite just a single loss being a stoppage with two based on scoring.

After spending over a year in training, Woodley did the unthinkable at UFC 201 in Atlanta last night.

The opening minute disappears off of the clock with Woodley utilizing a strategy labeled “economy of motion”, conserving his energy for just that one right moment. Lawler gets bullied up against the cage fence but the referee wants more action and separates them.He’s kept at bay by Woodley’s left hand but is staggered by a right sent from above. Lawler falls with only the fence helping him to sit up. A handful of uppercut rights brings UFC gold to the “Gateway to the Midwest.”

Tyron Woodley def. Robbie Lawler via KO at 2:12 of Round 1

There have now been seven UFC title changes in 2016 with five being between May 14 and Saturday night. The UFC was also to William Morris Endeavor-International Management Group for $4 billion earlier after Zuffa The victory was the fastest finish in UFC Welterweight history.

The UFC was also to William Morris Endeavor-International Management Group for $4 billion earlier this month after Zuffa, LLC purchased it for $2 million– the largest transaction in sports history.