UFC President Dana White confirmed the bout to
ESPN on Wednesday. UFC on ESPN 4 takes place at the Target
Center on June 29. The main card will air on ESPN following early
prelims on ESPN+.
Woodley claimed the welterweight throne first-round knockout of
Lawler at UFC 201 in July 2016. He defended the belt four times
thereafter before relinquishing the strap to Kamaru
Usman in a five-round decision defeat at UFC 235.
Lawler has lost three of his last four Octagon appearances dating
back to his setback against Woodley. Most recently, “Ruthless” fell
to Woodley teammate Ben Askren in
controversial fashion, when referee Herb Dean ruled
that Lawler was unconscious from a bulldog choke 3:20 into the
opening round. Prior to that, Lawler was nearly on the verge of a
stoppage victory himself after slamming his opponent to the ground
and unloading with vicious ground-and-pound.