Woodley didn’t do much for fan enjoyment, however, as the crowd booed him for not providing much offense while in Mein’s guard.
Woodley gave up an obvious size advantage in this fight and did well to avoid the longer fighter’s strikes. Woodley stayed on Mein and looked to clinch, getting the fight to the ground in the first round. From there, “T-Wood” worked the ground-and-pound. The fight went back to the feet for a majority of the final minute, but neither fighter landed anything effective.
Woodley landed a clean right hand early in the second round and used that to lead into a clinch against the cage and get the fight to the ground. Woodley stayed active for a short period, but didn’t do much for offense thereafter. The round ended to jeers from the crowd for the lack of action on the ground.
Round three started with Woodley shooting for a takedown and almost eating a Mein knee. The fight went to the ground and Woodley, once again, did little to improve position or provide offense. Mein tried to do a kimura, but the referee stood them up at that point. Woodley shot in and kept a bodylock for the remainder of the round to the dislike of the crowd.
Woodley won by split decision with scores of 29-28, 28-29 and 30-27.
“I wish I would have been a little more offensive with my strikes,” he said following the win.
With the win, Woodley puts himself in place to fight for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title.