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Tyron Woodley Eyes UFC Title Bout After Robbie Lawler Rematch

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Tyron Woodley believes he’ll get a chance to reclaim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) gold sooner than later.

Woodley will be taking on Robbie Lawler in a rematch on June 29. The bout will headline UFC on ESPN 3. It’ll take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back in July 2016, Woodley captured the UFC welterweight title from Lawler via first-round knockout.

Woodley Targets Title Bout Following Lawler Rematch

Woodley spoke to reporters following an open workout session. He made it clear that he feels another welterweight title bout is owed to him if he gets past Lawler again (via ESPN):

“I don’t feel like I should have had to have a path [back to the belt]. I feel like I should have been able to fight [for a title shot]. The fact that I defended my belt [five times] against true No. 1 contenders — I’m not crying over spilled milk. I know my path is going to be different. But I’m not going to fight two or three fights. I’m going to fight Robbie, and then I’m fighting for the title.”

Woodley dropped his welterweight title to Kamaru Usman back in March. “The Chosen One” had no answer for Usman’s relentless pressure. Usman is scheduled to defend his gold against Colby Covington later this year.

2 COMMENTS

  1. And how many of those fights were boring as f*ck? UFC rankings mean absolutely nothing. Woodley took years off and when he did fight, they were borefests that got booed out of the building. No one wants to pay to see a Tyron Woodley title fight main event. That’s why he has to earn his way back. Because, if we’re all lucky, Lawler will beat him and we won’t have to suffer through another 25 minutes of Tyron Woodley standing in front of someone and bouncing up and down.

  2. First fight with Wonderboy was Fight of the Night and he took Thompson’s soul. Wonderboy was afraid to engage the next time and waited to counter strike hence his next several fights became boring. But Woodley was able to retain the belt over him twice, a guy who nobody else could figure out until T-Wood derailed his momentum.

    Same thing with Maia. Nobody could stop Maia’s takedowns except Woodley and Tyron made him look very one dimensional. It’s Maia’s fault the fight sucked because he couldn’t do anything else but go for takedown after takedown to no avail.

    The Darren Till fight was fun too. Tyron derailed another top fighter’s hype train and broke him. That’s why he got KOed by Masvidal.

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