UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping have agreed to fight each other at a catchweight of 180 pounds in May. Yes, you read that sentence correctly.
The two champions crossed paths over the weekend, and for whatever reason, began negotiating the terms of a potential super fight. Their exchange can be seen in the video below, which was posted to the official Instagram account of Michael Bisping.
“Welterweight champ [Tyron Woodley] wants to throw down,” Bisping said. “Calling me out at the weekend. I’m down for whatever so if you wanna do it T-wood. Let’s go.”
Woodley later confirmed that he’s up for this unexpected 180-pound superfight with a post to his Twitter account. See that Tweet below.
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) January 1, 2017
Though it’s certainly exciting that the two champs have agreed to this fight, whether or not this fight actually happens will ultimately be decided by the UFC. Given that Woodley has two dangerous contenders in Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia on his plate, and that Bisping has a bout with Yoel Romero on the horizon, it’s possible that the UFC opts to go in a different direction for both men and that their recently negotiated showdown remains in the realm of the hypothetical. Time will tell.
Bisping was last seen in action in October when he scored a hard fought decision victory over MMA legend Dan Henderson, thus retaining the UFC middleweight belt.
Woodley, meanwhile, most recently competed at November’s UFC 205 event in New York, where he battled Stephen Thompson to a majority draw, keeping the welterweight crown as a result.
Who do you think wins this potential 180-pound showdown?