ATLANTA (KTVI) – Following an 18-month layoff, Ferguson native Tyron Woodley won the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title after scoring a first-round knockout over Robbie Lawler.
The 34-year-old recorded the fastest knockout in a title fight in the division’s history, as the referee stopped the fight 2 minutes and 12 seconds into the bout.
With the win, Woodley improves to 16-3 in MMA fights, while Lawler drops to 27-11.
Woodley graduated McCluer High School in 2000; as a senior, he won the state wrestling championship. He went on to wrestle at the University of Missouri, becoming a three-time All-American and Big XII champion. He was the captain of the wrestling team from 2003 to 2005.
Woodley’s first professional mixed martial arts fight was in February 2009.