Tyron Woodley’s Coach Thinks He’s Nearing GOAT Status

Tyron Woodley’s coach thinks he is nearing welterweight greatness.

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Tyron Woodley’s coach thinks he is nearing welterweight greatness.

Just how good is the reigning defending welterweight champion T-Wood? Only Hall of Famers Georges St-Pierre and Matt Hughes have more title defenses at 170 pounds than Woodley. St-Pierre has a staggering nine defenses and Hughes has five from his time as a dominant champion. If Woodley is able to defend his title one more time he will tie Hughes with five successful defenses.

Since day one, Woodley has had aspirations of greatness. He has repeatedly stated his desire to go down as the greatest welterweight fighter of all time. Though that title is usually given to GSP, Woodley is definitely in the discussion for the top three.

Woodley most recently defeated the previously unbeaten Darren Till in the main event of UFC 228. In so doing retaining his title for the fourth straight time. Now Woodley’s coach Din Thomas believes with another successful defense “The Chosen One” will be on par with St-Pierre.

Din Thomas on T-Wood

“I think, at this point, I’m going to have to say second,” Thomas said recently on The MMA Hour when asked to assess Woodley’s all-time welterweight ranking. “Like you said, I think his résumé speaks for itself, when you think of the guys that he has beaten, even in his come-up, between like Carlos Condit, Kelvin Gastelum, Robbie Lawler. He’s beaten all those guys.

“But I think that a couple more title defenses will solidify his position. I think that’s all he needs. A win over Colby — to me, I think Colby’s an easy opponent, to be honest with you, but just on the résumé he kinda needs that just so he can have more title defenses — and maybe even Usman, but if he gets those two then he’s the best of all-time.”

Covington Next

A fight between Woodley and Covington seems like a foregone conclusion. UFC president Dana White stated before UFC 228 that “Chaos” is the next in line to challenge for the welterweight title. Although White has been known to waffle on his words ion the past.

“He doesn’t have anything that’s dangerous to Tyron,” Thomas explained. “He doesn’t have the ability to knock him out with one punch if Tyron slips, he doesn’t have the ability to choke Tyron out — to play ‘take him down, take his back, choke him out.’ I don’t think he has that ability. The way Colby can win that fight is to obviously grind him out, and I don’t think he can outwrestle Tyron to get up to that point. So to me, that’s just kind of an easier matchup.”

Woodley was rumored to be defending his title at UFC 230 on November 3. However, it has since been revealed that he will be sidelined for eight to 12 weeks because of hand surgery stemming from a dislocated thumb and three torn ligaments.

Woodley & White Beef

White and Woodley have had a contentious relationship in the past. So when White was conspicuously absent from the UFC 228 press conference the media perceived White’s action as a sleight to Woodley. However, Thomas wouldn’t go that far.

“Being on the (Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight) show with Dana, I know how hard he works. I know his schedule and I know he keeps everything really tight, so I would never speculate that he didn’t show up because he disliked Tyron or he didn’t want Tyron to win,” Thomas said. “In fact, when he came into the cage, he kinda gave me a nod and was like, ‘Good job.’ I mean, of course everybody’s going to speculate that he didn’t like it, but I know, like I said, Dana keeps a very tight schedule. I know that he was leaving — I was talking to his security guy afterward saying, ‘Man, we got a flight to catch.’

“And sometimes Dana, it’s just like, his schedule, he’s tired all the time, so I don’t want to use that as the excuse but I just know he keeps a tight schedule. So that’s the only reason why I could see he wouldn’t be at the press conference. I would like to see him come out with a statement and congratulate Tyron. That would be good, because it’s easy to criticize fighters, but when they show and prove, when they show up and give you what you ask, I think it’s only right to give them their props.”

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Georges St-Pierre Addresses Why He Won’t Fight Tyron Woodley

GSP has explained why he won’t fight the UFC welterweight champion.

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Georges St-Pierre addresses the reason that he doesn’t have much interest in fighting UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley inside of the Octagon.

GSP’s Last Fight

The former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion returned to competition in November of 2017 after four years away from the sport to win the middleweight title.

The ending of that fight went down with a submission victory in the third round over Michael Bisping at UFC 217. However, shortly after the fight, he had to vacate the title as he is dealing with colitis.

Georges St-Pierre Addresses

The UFC gave the latest title shot to rising prospect Darren Till. This led to Woodley getting a dominant win over Till at UFC 228 earlier this month. For months, Woodley called for a showdown against GSP.

However, that is not a mutual interest as the former champion went on record in a recent interview by stating that he doesn’t want to fight Woodley.

“In terms of coming back to fighting, you have to realize I have a lot more to lose than to win. Tyron Woodley wants to fight me because he has a lot more to win than to lose because if he beats me in terms of legacy, in terms of popularity, he has a lot more to win,” St-Pierre explained to FanSided.com. “It’s not that I’m scared, actually, I’m always scared when I go fight, I’m scared of everybody but being scared is irrelevant because I’m going to walk the walk if I have to do it. I have to choose carefully what is my next move.

For at this point I am with cementing my legacy it is not a straight line. I have to check what can I gain, what can I lose. That is why when I fought Michael Bisping it was a win/win situation from both sides. If I were to lose I lose but if I win, I win big so it was good. Fighting Tyron Woodley right now, now that he won his last fight it elevates his stock a little bit more but it’s still not a complete win/win situation for me.”

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Georges St-Pierre Explains Why he Won’t Fight Tyron Woodley

Georges St-Pierre explains why a bout with Tyron Woodley just isn’t in the cards for now. Woodley is coming off a spectacular performance against Darren Till. “The Gorilla” was undefeated going into the bout, but Woodley dominated the…

Georges St-Pierre explains why a bout with Tyron Woodley just isn’t in the cards for now. Woodley is coming off a spectacular performance against Darren Till. “The Gorilla” was undefeated going into the bout, but Woodley dominated their welterweight title bout at UFC 228 earlier this month. “The Chosen One” retained his title via second-round […]

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Tyron Woodley Explains Why He Hasn’t Received Money Fights

Tyron Woodley is over the money fights. More specifically, he is over asking for them for the time being. After all, he has come up empty in each of his money-fight attempts: from Georges St-Pierre and Conor McGregor to the Diaz Brothers and Michael Bi…

Tyron Woodley is over the money fights. More specifically, he is over asking for them for the time being. After all, he has come up empty in each of his money-fight attempts: from Georges St-Pierre and Conor McGregor to the Diaz Brothers and Michael Bisping, Woodley has never been able to get the big money […]

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Rory MacDonald Explains Why He Won’t Follow GSP’s Path To Moving Up Weight Class

Rory MacDonald won’t follow in the footsteps of his longtime teammate.

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Rory MacDonald has learned his lesson from Georges St-Pierre while preparing to make history under the Bellator MMA banner. This lesson from the former UFC middleweight and welterweight champion is moving up a weight class.

Once GSP moved up from welterweight to middleweight for his win over Michael Bisping at UFC 217, the former UFC champ gained so much weight that it potentially caused a digestive affliction as he is dealing with ulcerative colitis.

MacDonald became a big name while fighting inside of the Octagon under the UFC banner. Once he made the jump to the Viacom-owned promotion, he further showcased his skills. He won the Bellator welterweight title by scoring a unanimous decision win over Douglas Lima at Bellator 192 back in January.

Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi will defend his title against MacDonald at Bellator 206 on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. He stated in a recent interview that this fight against Mousai is all part of the plan for him deciding to sign with Bellator.

“I disagreed with his approach to it from the very beginning,” MacDonald said to MMAFighting. “I think he learned a lesson from it as well, so I think I have a good approach to it. I think fights that are interesting to the fans interest me,” MacDonald said. “That always means it’s the most significant fight at hand. That’s what it is.”

“When you take a pound-for-pound style fight in other weight classes or with guys who have proven themselves against a lot of guys, it opens eyes and gets people talking,” MacDonald said. “I’m excited. I’m not too worried about it, at the end of the day. I know he’s a big challenge.”

“Things are just coming one after another right now,” MacDonald said. “God has really blessed me with the things that I have aspired to do in my career. I’m very grateful for these things. … It’s gonna be a great year. I’m very happy.”

It has also been revealed that MacDonald will take part in the Bellator welterweight grand prix tournament as he takes on Jon Fitch. This fight is being potentially targeted for February.

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Rory MacDonald Explains Why He Won’t Follow GSP’s Path To Moving Up Weight Class

Rory MacDonald won’t follow in the footsteps of his longtime teammate.

The post Rory MacDonald Explains Why He Won’t Follow GSP’s Path To Moving Up Weight Class appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

Rory MacDonald has learned his lesson from Georges St-Pierre while preparing to make history under the Bellator MMA banner. This lesson from the former UFC middleweight and welterweight champion is moving up a weight class.

Once GSP moved up from welterweight to middleweight for his win over Michael Bisping at UFC 217, the former UFC champ gained so much weight that it potentially caused a digestive affliction as he is dealing with ulcerative colitis.

MacDonald became a big name while fighting inside of the Octagon under the UFC banner. Once he made the jump to the Viacom-owned promotion, he further showcased his skills. He won the Bellator welterweight title by scoring a unanimous decision win over Douglas Lima at Bellator 192 back in January.

Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi will defend his title against MacDonald at Bellator 206 on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. He stated in a recent interview that this fight against Mousai is all part of the plan for him deciding to sign with Bellator.

“I disagreed with his approach to it from the very beginning,” MacDonald said to MMAFighting. “I think he learned a lesson from it as well, so I think I have a good approach to it. I think fights that are interesting to the fans interest me,” MacDonald said. “That always means it’s the most significant fight at hand. That’s what it is.”

“When you take a pound-for-pound style fight in other weight classes or with guys who have proven themselves against a lot of guys, it opens eyes and gets people talking,” MacDonald said. “I’m excited. I’m not too worried about it, at the end of the day. I know he’s a big challenge.”

“Things are just coming one after another right now,” MacDonald said. “God has really blessed me with the things that I have aspired to do in my career. I’m very grateful for these things. … It’s gonna be a great year. I’m very happy.”

It has also been revealed that MacDonald will take part in the Bellator welterweight grand prix tournament as he takes on Jon Fitch. This fight is being potentially targeted for February.

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