Majority Draw Radio: Tyron Woodley Says “No Way in Hell” He’d Fight Lawler for Less than a Title

June 13, 2014
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On the latest episode of Majority Draw Radio, hosts Ryan McKinnell and Danny Acosta discuss Benson Henderson’s first finish in three-plus years in the UFC, Diego Sanchez’s magnetism for dubious, even down right maddening decision wins, and Bryan Caraway’s street fighting man fish hook technique. Plus more UFC Fight Night Albuquerque and UFC 174 talk.

UFC 174 co-main eventer Tyron Woodley stops by and opens up about his contender position in the Octagon’s crowded welterweight division. Woodley insists he’d never fight American Top Team teammate Robbie Lawler for anything less than a title because he knows no. 1 contender fights are fleeting. He finds it odd he’s being asked questions like Rory MacDonald is the favorite in their upcoming fight because Woodley’s wrestling pedigree is something MacDonald has never faced. Finally, Woodley admits he tried to petition for his title shot on the mic, only to resign to his usual tactic of letting his actions speak louder than his words.

“I think they should stop calling those fights the no. 1 contendership bout,” Woodley told Majority Draw Radio. “Isn’t that what I just did with Carlos Condit? Isn’t that what I’m supposed to be doing with Rory MacDonald? You know what I mean? For me to go out there and say okay, if you fight Robbie, you get a world title fight. I was told that twice before, it didn’t happen. Why would I go and fight my teammate and friend for the chance to fight for a world title? No way in hell. I’ll leave that money on the table. It don’t mean that much to me to fight a teammate.”

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  • riverdawg

    I still don’t understand how Tyron Woodley is even in the conversation of a title fight. Don’t get me wrong I like Tyron. Heavy hands, great wrestling, athletic. But the facts are he is 3 and 2 in his last 5 fights. With wins against an irrelevant Jay Heiron, a washed up Koscheck and a TKO of Condit via ACL injury. In the middle of that he lost a split decision snooze fest to Jake Shields. To me that doesn’t resemble the resume of a title Contender. If he beats Rory Macdonald then he deserves to fight the winner of Brown & Lawler. And then the winner of that gets a shot at Hendricks who should be healthy by then. Tyron has to realize he isn’t the only surging welterweight right now. Brown is on a 7 fight win streak, Lawler has looked incredible in his last 5 fights, and Rory has only lost once since 2010. Its a dog pile of good welterweights and Woodley really hasn’t out shined any of the other contenders. I think Rory is going to eek out a decision anyways. Its going to be interesting to see how this all unfolds after Lawler and Brown fight. Next shot may come down to who wins the most convincingly.

    • deepgrim

      i think woodley has looked pretty scary recently and while matt brown has a good win streak he hasnt beat a top 10 fighter while woodley has. But i agree it will come down to who wins the most convincingly in the 2 contender fights

  • Ian Price

    I think Lombard is better than woodley, and we haven’t even discussed him yet. He is undefeated at welterweight, right? He’s lost once in the last decade?