Tyron Woodley just quietly tried to steal the fire from Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather for fight week. He is fresh off his UFC 214 win where he shut down Demian Maia, who has just been choking anyone he wanted until then. Before that, he derailed the Stephen Thompson hype train not once, but twice, and he was being groomed to become the next exciting UFC welterweight champion. So, who’s next for Woodley? That’s a harder question than you think. Besides a rematch with Robbie Lawler who he took the belt from via a startling first round KO, or fighting the guy who just got beat by Maia, there isn’t much left for Tyron Woodley. That’s why he just told Ariel Helwani that his future may be in the next weight division.
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) August 25, 2017
“Show me a number one contender. I beat the best guy twice. I beat the best grappler in the entire division. Who am I going to fight next? Show me a true number one contender. There isn’t one. If there isn’t a true number one contender, I may move up to 185 and show Michael Bisping or Georges St-Pierre what’s up. But those two guys don’t want to fight me either.” – Tyron Woodley a few minutes ago on a live episode of The MMA Hour.
This isn’t the first time Tyron Woodley has brought this up. At the very beginning of this year, he ran into UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping to set up a superfight at 180lbs for a non title. This time though, he’s coming after the gold. He’s already tried to get into a big money bout with ‘scared’ Georges St-Pierre as well. He’s up to fight either one of those guys, and a win over GSP (at any weight) would solidify his place as the best welterweight of all time. If all this falls through, there’s always Conor McGregor.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/25/2017.