Tyron Woodley Reveals UFC 209 Title Defense

January 9, 2017
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After fighting Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson to a draw at UFC 205 in November, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley on Monday revealed the next defense of his title.

Woodley, on his “The Morning Wood Show” podcast, revealed that after contemplating several opponents, he would grant Thompson a rematch at UFC 209 on March 4 in Las Vegas.

Tyron Woodley UFC 167 Post_9446“I’ve been trying to see who my next opponent is going to be – either go up and fight (Michael) Bisping or defend my belt, whether it’s (Demian) Maia, whether it’s Nick Diaz, whether it’s a rematch (against Thompson) or whatever. I was kind of torn between opponents. It’s great that I’m in a position that so many people want to fight me,” said Woodley.

Immediately after the first fight with Thompson, Woodley was angling for a “big money” fight against the likes of Georges St-Pierre or Nick Diaz. More recently, he and middleweight champion Michael Bisping posted a video on social media of the two agreeing to fight each other at a catchweight of 180 pounds.

At the end of the day, however, it was an online Twitter war between Woodley and Thompson that swayed the champ into agreeing with a rematch that he feels isn’t overly warranted, despite the result being a draw in their original match-up.

Woodley explained that Thompson’s argument for a rematch boiled down not to questioning whether Thompson had won the fight, but to whether or not Woodley had won or had it truly been a draw. 

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“He got under my skin so much, I’m just gonna go ahead and fight this dude. I don’t even care about the ration and the money and the fight that makes the most sense,” Woodley said in confirming the bout.

“March 4, UFC 209 in Las Vegas, Nevada, at what I believe to be the T-Mobile Center, you will see ‘Wonderboy’ get the worst ass-whooping of his life. And hopefully all his fans and all his over-entitlement decease at that moment and we can do a eulogy for it.

“I’m going to commit to taking this dude out in the most embarrassingly worst fashion. I can’t allow myself to lose to him… and this overly entitled group of individuals in mixed martial arts.”

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  • TheCerealKiller

    How does Nick Diaz keep coming up in these conversations? Guy hasn’t won a fight in over five years. I get why he would want to move up and fight Bisping, everybody wants to fight the fluke champ. I’m glad this got work out to the right fight. We still need a winner from that fight.

    • Sean

      Who ya picking? Thompson or Woodley? I would have bet my house on Thomson before. But now I think if both guys go out and really try……… I cant see who would win.

    • Sean

      I still believe Thompson could sail on points but I also believe Woodley could ko him!!

    • Hurthle

      All Tyrone wants is the cheddah. Diaz is a money fight in his mind.

  • Darin

    “Overly entitled”? What exactly does he mean by that? Thompson earned his title shot and fought an even fight with Woodley. Nick Diaz, on the other hand, has NO business being brought up in title fight talks.

    This whole going to another weight class to have a super fight with another champion nonsense has to stop. Conor does it, now every noob champ wants to run the UFC. When you’ve cleaned out the division and there are no compelling fights at the moment, THEN maybe.

    • El Gvapo

      He’s trying to play a heel character now. Went from being someone who said practically nothing to all of a sudden insulting other fighters via twitter, posting videos of him and Bisping “agreeing” to fight. The guy wasn’t marketable to get a big fight even as WW champ so now he, like many other fighters, are following the Conor model, the only difference they can’t do it nearly as well and it’s so transparent.

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    Its a privilege to decide who you should defend the belt against mister woodley
    Unless you own the sport mayweather style

    But if that was true,
    you wouldn’t be fishing so hard for money fights

    • aFriendlyAgenda

      The good news is,
      that you can defend it all you want

      Until Floyd Mayweather is forced to come to you

  • dgs

    Maybe it’s me, but I’m getting a hint of racism in his comments. Is it because Thompson is white that he’s supposedly “over entitled?” He really needs to clarify what that means, because Thompson has dominated the division with the exception of Woodley. The first fight was a draw, there should ALWAYS be an immediate rematch when a fight ends in a draw, that is a win for no one.

    I picked Thompson to win the first fight, and I’m picking him again to win the second. I believe this time he’s going to KO/TKO Woodley, and I will enjoy watching that happen.

    • Hugh Shakeshaft

      So he calls a guy who serves his community, teaches youth karate, volunteering around town, entitled. This is the mindset of a Hillary voter. Not exactly the mentality of a champion.

      • dgs

        Really couldn’t have said it better. And with any luck, he won’t be a champion after UFC 209 is over. Thompson is a class act, I would love to see him with the strap.

        Also, make no mistake, without getting political here (something I did on another article on mmaweekly, with some fool who wasted my time), we are definitely in the middle of another race war, thanks to Odumbo and the race baitors/agitators who have felt “empowered” under his leadership…

  • deepgrim

    what happened here is tyron isnt a big enough star to tell the ufc who he wants to fight and so the ufc told him who he is fighting. All these title holders think they can call the shots like conor but they dont sell as many PPV’s. They should focus on getting a good fan base first before they try to call the shots, and tyron is turning fans off at the moment. This is why nick diaz can keep losing and be title contention, because he was in wars over the years and has a huge fan base.

    • Sir_Roy

      Pretty much nailed it.

    • McGraw

      having a big fan base does nothing for a fighter if they keep losing and become irrelevant.

      • deepgrim

        well it has been 5 years since nick diaz won a fight and he was in real title contention, so it seems he can get away with it.

        • McGraw

          how so? you said it yourself, he hasn’t won a fight in 5 years. he’s not even relevant when it comes to title talks.

          • deepgrim

            woodley said he wanted the fight, but diaz allegedly turned the fight down, the ufc are tending to make fan friendly fights- look at dan henderson getting the title fight with bisping. Look at the past with diaz, got beat by condit for interim title sat out for a long while, gets a title shot against gsp- gets beat back in this fight, sits out another while gets a fight against anderson silva. Relevance to title shots now depend on your fan base, i imagine damien maia could win another couple of fights and still get passed over.

          • McGraw

            Past is the past, I’m talking bout the future.

          • deepgrim

            ehhh, they were trying to put together woodley and diaz for ufc 209, that is the future.

          • McGraw

            Nobody was trying to put together that fight. That was just crap Woodley was spewing out of his mouth. There’s a difference between talking sh*t and telling the truth.

            So who’s Diaz fighting now because if sure isn’t Woodley?

          • deepgrim

            if you type “nick diaz turns down fight woodley”, you will see an article were woodley explains that he knows diaz wants a bigger draw than him and another one stating that he has also turned down a fight with mc gregor because he says that’s nates fight.
            Rumour has it he is holding out for GSP to return to take that fight.

          • Sir_Roy

            I think folks consider the competition and the content when judging losses versus wins. And justifiably so. Look at the 3 blokes Diaz has fought and lost against the past 5 years. Condit (who was running from Diaz – love Condit, but that was not his best showing), GSP and Anderson Silva.

            3 of the best in the world (Condit deserves the accolade) … the former two while still in their prime.

            Kind of like Randy Couture back in the day. Had a heck of a lot of losses on his record, but was constantly fighting the best of the best back in his heyday.

          • McGraw

            So what’s your point?

            Most of Randy’s losses were to former, current or future champions. Diaz didn’t always fight the best guys or elite level guys prior to his last 4 fights and lost to guys who were scrubs.

          • Sir_Roy

            I made my point very clear. If you have to ask, then you’re not the sharpest knife in the drawer I’m afraid.

            In stating most of Randy’s latter losses in his career were to championship level fighters, you even went further in proving my point and justified the comparison. And this, sadly, without even realizing it. Guess it kind of proves both my points.

            Before the last three aforementioned losses to GSP, Condit and Anderson Silva, Diaz had 11 straight wins under his belt, his last loss being in 2007 and that was due to doctor stoppage (cut). And Randy lost to a few “scrubs” himself. No fighter has “always” fought the “best guys”. That was a really lame, pointless comment.

          • McGraw

            Diaz’ wins were over scrubs. Comparing him to Randy Couture was stupid.

          • Sir_Roy

            Tibau, Gomi, Penn, Lawler … scrubs. Gotcha. I don’t like the Diaz bros one bit really, but I’m not defending them so much as I am simply pointing toward simple common sense. And the comparison, in the context and manner in which it was done, was very pertinent.

            Yeah. We’re done.

          • McGraw

            Tibau? Gatekeeper. Gomi? Has been. Penn? Washed up. Lawler? Turned down rematch with a prime Lawler.

            Ok gotcha. Diaz isn’t relevant anymore.

          • Sir_Roy

            These are all true in 2016 / 2017.
            None are true in the epoch in which these fights took place. Really have to point that out?

          • McGraw

            Since when was tibau or gomi a serious contender in the UFC? And Lawler was only starting his career when they first fought. Diaz even turned down a rematch Lawler recently. Even Robbie has surpassed the irrelevant Diaz LOL.

          • Sir_Roy

            The history of MMA does not revolve around the “UFC”. You’re too sucked into todays game to fully grasp the term “relevant”. Many of the top tier UFC fighters were pulled from Pride and Strikeforce. Again, timelines matter. You’re only pulling on them to suit your bias.

          • McGraw

            You’re too sucked in to believe tibau was a serious contender at any point in his career. You really are delusional

          • Sir_Roy

            So now, you’re going to limit your argument to Tibau? You’re starting to come around …

          • McGraw

            You dropped his name into believing he was a high level opppnent when he flat out wasn’t and trying to get me to believe he is haha.

            Seriously?!?

          • Sir_Roy

            Yes seriously. Lawler was a predominant force at that time. Tibau was also in the mix. Interesting who you call “scrub” man. Just that alone should warn me about even bothering with you. Everyone who isn’t a pound per pound great is a “scrub” in your books? Punk.

            You want me to start listing off Randy opponents that are not championship level? Not like the similarities are not there.

            So yeah, seriously.

          • McGraw

            Lawler was a predominant force to scrubs but not to high level guys at the time. Again you list off someone who was a beginner and not the force he is now. Tibau was never a serious contender. It’s pretty sad that u actually believe he was one …

            Go ahead and list the scrubs Couture lost to but the fact remains that he lost to more former champions than scrubs so that doesn’t make sense to what your flapping your gums about!

          • Sir_Roy

            Again, the word scrubs. You go on dancing in your land of chocolate now and let the big kids talk things out … that’s right … go on now … go out and play … Have fun!

          • McGraw

            Go burst your bubble elsewhere little fella. Now you’re downgrading Couture? You probably think joe lauzon is a title contender I bet

          • Sir_Roy

            Lol. Weak. An online keyboard warrior with hurt feelings, trying to hurt mine by insulting my “MMA knowledge”. Good stuff. With regards Joe Lauzon, I’ll tell you what I wouldn’t do, I wouldn’t call him a “scrub” as you’ve been doing with a long list of these fighters you disrespectful arrogant little twit.

            Have a nice day!

          • McGraw

            It’s ok casual fan, you faultered on your point which you failed to come across it. Be a man and own up to your mistake because you’re terrible at trolling. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re a terrible human being either!

          • Sir_Roy

            Too rich; “you faultered on your point which you failed to come across it”.

            Do you even read what you write?

            That is a sentence from a person who is trying to come across far more intelligent than he is and failing miserably. Keep em coming bro. Entertainment factor is worth it.

            And really, you’re dumb enough to believe labelling someone as a “casual fan” is an insult. I feel like a heavyweight picking on a lightweight. Almost feel guilty. I can’t promise I’ll stop, but I’ll try. Depends on what irresistibly idiotic comments you come up with next. Again, keep em coming bro …

          • McGraw

            What’s that? You’re s shrimp d*ck little midget who doesn’t wanna man up and has no balls?!? Ok gotcha.

            You’re blocked, b*atch

          • Sir_Roy

            And do you even hear yourself? “Fact remains, he lost to more champions than scrubs” … you’re actually championing his losses over Diaz’. Name ONE loss Randy had that can compare to going 5 rounds with both GSP and Anderson Silva. Go ahead. Try. Yeah.

            You lose.
            .

          • McGraw

            You lost long time ago when u stated tibau was a top contender hahaha.

            Nice try but u suck at trolling.

      • Poop face

        Having a fan base sells ppv’s putting money your pocket.

        • McGraw

          not if they can’t win fights and aren’t relevant. selling ppvs isnt saying a lot.