Tyron Woodley says Robbie Lawler wanted to fight him instead of rematching Carlos Condit

Tyron Woodley

While many fighters in the welterweight division are questioning the UFC’s call to give Tyron Woodley a title shot against Robbie Lawler, Woodley is more than ready to seize the opportunity to become a UFC champion.

Woodley spoke with FloCombat recently on fighting his ATT teammate for the UFC welterweight championship title.

“All I’m seeing is the gold around his waist,” Woodley said. “I’m not his friend, I’m not going to try and be nice and I’m not going to be scared to f*** him up.”

Woodley says that his preparation is right on track to proving he is the best in the world at 170 pounds.

“I had that breakthrough training session today. Man, I’m just too fast, too well-rounded to be denied in this fight.”

Interestingly, Woodley says that it was Lawler who helped get him the title fight.

“I was told that in January [2016] right after the fight [UFC 195 Lawler vs Condit] that Dana pulled Robbie and Dan [Lambert – ATT Owner] to the side and said that he wanted them to fight Carlos in a rematch,” Woodley said. “Robbie and Dan then said that they believed I should get the title shot and although they knew they didn’t pick the fights, they believed I earned it and I deserved it.

“Dana White then said, ‘You know what? Maybe you do get pick the fights so he would make that fight happen.’ I was told that news off the record, and we are talking January here. Months went by, and I hit Dana up and said, ‘Hey, do you know when we are going to be fighting? I just want to know so I can be prepared for it.’

“I didn’t get a ton of response back from him, but I knew there was some stuff in the water. Long story short, things happen for a reason. It’s my time. I wasn’t ever like, ‘Oh I’m not taking a title shot because you didn’t tell me’—I know that’s not how things work. It’s my season, it’s my time.”

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