Over the last year or so, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has attempted to set up fights with major MMA stars, calling out Georges St-Pierre, Nate Diaz, and Michael Bisping. Unfortunately for him, none of these lucrative contests have come together.
Having tried and failed to set up these big opportunities, Tyron Woodley now says he’s done with callouts. His priority instead is on dominating whoever is put in front of him.
“I’m done,” Tyron Woodley said at a press event last week when asked about making callouts (transcript via MMA Fighting). “I’m done. My goal is always beating and dominating who’s in front of me. I’ll let you guys decide who that is, because any time I’ve ever taken to speaking about how I want to fight, it’s never taken the right way. My goal and the way I am going to become the greatest of all-time, is dominating, and annihilating whoever is in front of me, whoever that is.”
While Tyron Woodley is no longer focused on chasing money fights, he is interested in potentially exploring other weight classes — particularly if the UFC scraps its 170-pound welterweight division and introduces a 165-pound and 175-pound division between its 155-pound and 185-pound divisions.
“I heard they were thinking about that,” Woodley said. “I don’t know which one I would do. I mean, I could make 165, it wouldn’t be very sexy, but I could make it. And obviously 175 would be a little easier to make than 170. I make 175 and I could make 185, too. Those are three different weight classes that I could fight in and be extremely competitive in all of them.”
“I would love to fight in a different division, you know?” he added. “I walk around at 200 pounds, only having to drop 15 pounds wouldn’t be a bad look for me at all.”
Tyron Woodley next fights this Saturday, when he will attempt to defend the UFC welterweight title against Darren Till in the main event of UFC 228.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 9/3/2018.