UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has been angling for a fight with former champ Georges St-Pierre for some time. Now that St-Pierre is the UFC middleweight champion, however, the chances of a welterweight bout between the two seem slim.
Luckily, Woodley has a backup plan. The welterweight king is ready and willing to move up to the 185-pound middleweight division to battle St-Pierre. In fact, he’s even willing to vacate the welterweight title if need be. This, per MMAJunkie.com’s Mike Bohn.
Tyron Woodley says he’s debating moving up to middleweight to chase a GSP fight. Willing to give up his belt if so. He says he’s 205 pounds right now.
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) December 3, 2017
Tyron Woodley won the UFC welterweight title back in the summer of 2016, knocking out former champion Robbie Lawler in the very first round. From there, he retained the title after a thrilling draw with Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, then defended it in a rematch with Thompson. His most recent defense occurred in July, when he shrugged off Demian Maia to retain the throne.
Georges St-Pierre, meanwhile, recently returned after a multi-year absence, defeating Michael Bisping with a third-round choke to win the UFC middleweight belt. In his next most recent fight, which went down all the way back in 2013, he picked up a controversial decision win over Johny Hendricks.
Would you be interested in a middleweight showdown between welterweight greats Tyron Woodley and Georges St-Pierre?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/12/2017.