Carlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley to Serve as UFC 171 Co-Main Event

December 20, 2013
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Carlos Condit Tyron Woodley UFC 171On Tuesday, UFC officials announced a pivotal welterweight match between Carlos Condit and Tyron Woodley has been scheduled for UFC 171 on March 15 in Dallas.

UFC president Dana White on Friday revealed that the bout would also serve as the UFC 171 co-main event. Condit vs. Woodley supports the main event battle between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lalwer for the UFC welterweight championship recently vacated by Georges St-Pierre.

Condit (29-7) is a former UFC interim welterweight champion, having earned that crown with a unanimous-decision win over Nick Diaz at UFC 143. He then went on to fight then-champion Georges St-Pierre, dropping a unanimous decision in that affair at UFC 154.

Condit then went on to lose a fight to Johny Hendricks, but picked up a statement win in his last effort with a TKO of Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 27.

Woodley (12-2) came into the UFC in the summer of 2012, fresh off the heels of his first career loss. He has since gone 2-1 in the Octagon with wins over Jay Hieron and Josh Koscheck, dropping just one fight to Jake Shields.

The former Strikeforce standout texted White 15 times a day in an effort to secure a fight with Condit, according to the executive. It was something White said he loved to see and hear from his fighters.

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  • Maddawgmar

    This is a huge leap in competition for Woodley. This is by far the best fighter he has faced. If he had trouble with Nate Marquardt, he is gonna have tons of trouble with Condit.

    • TheLegAssasin2

      I think that CC will beat him but don’t compare the ‘lay and pray’ fighter that woodley was to the one today.

  • Big Tuna

    I’m from ABQ so always rooting for Condit but I must say Woodley is an Bull with power and explosiveness, I see his only weakness maybe getting caught in a submission at the end of a scramble. Smart money is Woodley he could be champ by the end if the year.

    • drkdisciple

      If Woodley managed to get dominated by Nate Marquardt I dont see how he can beat Condit. As far a being champ by the end of the year its unlikely since there are only a few days left…just kidding i know you meant next year,

      • Wolf Ticket

        Doesn’t work that way, Anderson Silva got dominated by Ryo Chonan… Woodley definitely came back stronger (and much more aggressive) after those losses, but you are right that Condit is on a whole other level than Marquardt or Koscheck.

        • drkdisciple

          The Marquardt fight happened july 2012. Woodley had three fights since, I do agree that he has improved but definitely not to the point where he can handle Condit.