Tyron Woodley may not have the fan following or record of highlight-reel finishes some fighters are known for, but he’s one of the UFC’s most consistent champions.
Woodley won the promotion’s welterweight championship last summer at UFC 201 from Robbie Lawler. Since then, he’s racked up three title defenses against top competition. The UFC has seen many of its divisions’ title pictures thrown into disarray in recent years, making Woodley’s reign something of a standout.
Fighters are moving more toward money matchups, abandoning the faithfulness to rankings that the sport was once known for. Woodley has seemed content to stay in his division and pursue more dominance despite this trend, but not every fighter seems to have the same idea.
When it was announced that Georges St-Pierre would be returning to face Michael Bisping, the MMA community was buzzing. Not only did it mark the return of a legend after a four-year absence, but it meant the possibility of more super-fights in the future.
GSP has more title defenses at welterweight than anyone. While his place in the middleweight-title picture is up for debate, there’s no denying he’d be an easy choice for a future matchup with Woodley. Though there are plenty of contenders who could be in line for the next shot as well, GSP makes the most sense from a marketing perspective.
Should GSP capture the middleweight title, his claim may be elevated even more. Some may argue he could use wins against top contenders at welterweight before getting a shot at Woodley, but others believe his previous record gives him all the necessary clout to cut straight to the top.
However, GSP may be fighting a different champion after he faces Michael Bisping at UFC 217 on November 4. There are rumors of a potential super-fight with lightweight champion Conor McGregor, though nothing is certain yet.
McGregor has fought twice at welterweight before, making it a possibility that he could meet GSP there should the dream matchup materialize. Woodley weighed-in on his thoughts of a fight of this caliber in a division he currently rules over.
“No, that’s a disrespect to me. [St-Pierre] probably [will call out McGregor], but he’s gonna have to be honest with the fans and say, ‘I’m here for money.” And that’s okay. There’s no shame in that. . . Just know I’m gonna call him out on that. Win, lose, or draw, I’m gonna want to fight the winner of that fight, Bisping or Georges”.
Woodley himself has called out the likes of GSP, Nick Diaz, and even McGregor in the past. As for who his next challenger may be, UFC president Dana White has already announced a matchup to determine the number one contender for Woodley’s title. Former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will face former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler to determine who is next for Woodley.
Woodley currently has a record of 18-3-1 (8-3-1) in the UFC. His last victory was a unanimous decision win over grappling specialist Demian Maia.
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