Tyron Woodley Lays Out ‘Perfect Scenario’ With Tremendous Four-Fight Plan

Tyron Woodley wants to get back to work inside the Octagon, and he wants to do so in a big way. Woodley hasn’t fought since March when he lost the UFC welterweight title to Kamaru Usman. Usman dominated Woodley for five rounds in the UFC 235 co-main event. Now, speaking to “The Ariel Helwani MMA […]

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Tyron Woodley wants to get back to work inside the Octagon, and he wants to do so in a big way.

Woodley hasn’t fought since March when he lost the UFC welterweight title to Kamaru Usman. Usman dominated Woodley for five rounds in the UFC 235 co-main event. Now, speaking to “The Ariel Helwani MMA Show,” Woodley has laid out his “perfect scenario” for his return, which includes four phenomenal fights. (H/T MMA Junkie)

“My perfect scenario, to be honest: I want to fight the best the UFC has to offer right now,” Woodley said. “I want to fight obviously Colby, I want to fight Usman, (expletive) I want to fight Israel Adesanya after I wipe out the division. If I can get past that test, I want to fight Khabib (Nurmagomedov).”

One potential opponent that isn’t on Woodley’s list, and the most likely of candidates, is Leon Edwards. However, this is an underwhelming matchup for “T-Wood,” who wants to fight a bigger name.

“The (expletive) up part is my son was like, ‘Who is that?,’” Woodley said of Edwards. “My kids know everybody. They play the video game, so when you got to explain to somebody who the person is and how good they really are, I have to pump up to the fact, to the people, and to the peers on how dope Leon is, because he is dope.

“He got super crazy strategic striking, super sharp, great cardio. He has good IQ, switched things around in the (Rafael dos Anjos fight), in the middle of the fight, so he’s dope as (expletive) as a fighter, but I’m going to have to sell the fact on how dope he is.”

What do you think about Woodley’s four-fight plan? Do you think he’ll land any of them?

 

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Kamaru Usman: Jorge Masvidal Got ‘Luck Of The Draw’ With Recent Opponents

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman hasn’t been completely impressed by what Jorge Masvidal has achieved this year. Masvidal recently dominated Nate Diaz on his way to a TKO (doctor stoppage) win in the UFC 244 headliner last week. That performance followed emphatic knockout victories over Darren Till and Ben Askren earlier in the year. Many […]

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UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman hasn’t been completely impressed by what Jorge Masvidal has achieved this year.

Masvidal recently dominated Nate Diaz on his way to a TKO (doctor stoppage) win in the UFC 244 headliner last week. That performance followed emphatic knockout victories over Darren Till and Ben Askren earlier in the year.

Many now believe “Gamebred” not only has a shot at being fighter of the year, but is also deserving of the next shot at the title. But for Usman, there are still plenty of question marks surrounding Masvidal, especially given the opponents that he has faced this year:

“I wouldn’t say [I’ve been] impressed,” Usman told MMA Fighting. “Because it’s Masvidal, nothing’s changed. He’s the same guy. He’s fought the same way forever. It’s just the luck of the draw. He’s getting that luck of the draw.

“Let’s be honest, Darren Till dropped him in the first round of their fight, and let’s say if he didn’t land that punch [in the second round], how does that fight play out? Had he not landed that knee [against Ben Askren]—and I’m not going to say it’s lucky because he drilled that—how does that fight play out? There’s a lot of questions to be answered.”

Usman also believes Masvidal is riding the wave of beating the highly-hyped Askren with a flying knee that became the quickest knockout in UFC history with five seconds. That catapulted the former lightweight into stardom.

And although he doesn’t see Masvidal as much of a threat, the attention he would bring in a fight is something that interests Usman:

“He’s got a lot of hype right now, and he’s been in this sport for a long, long time,” Usman added. “But at the end of the day, does it really matter that you have all that hype if you never get to the pinnacle of the sport?

“I like the fact that that he has all this hype. It brings a lot of eyes. So if he does make it to me and that fight is made, I would actually be very, very interested in that.”

What do you think of Usman’s comments?

 

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Kamaru Usman Is ‘Very Interested’ In Jorge Masvidal Fight

Kamaru Usman believes Jorge Masvidal is more hype than skill at this point, but he is interested in the fight. The welterweight champion really wonders just how good “Gamebred” is and whether or not his wins over Darren Till and Ben Askren …

Kamaru Usman believes Jorge Masvidal is more hype than skill at this point, but he is interested in the fight. The welterweight champion really wonders just how good “Gamebred” is and whether or not his wins over Darren Till and Ben Askren were luck or skill. “I wouldn’t say [I’ve been] impressed,” Usman explained to […]

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Kamaru Usman Claims He’s ‘Absolutely’ More American Than Colby Covington

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman believes he’s more American than Colby Covington. The two heated rivals will finally collide for the 170-pound strap at UFC 245 on December 14 in Las Vegas. There are many reasons for their mutual hatred, but one of them seems to be political as well. Covington is a public Donald […]

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UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman believes he’s more American than Colby Covington.

The two heated rivals will finally collide for the 170-pound strap at UFC 245 on December 14 in Las Vegas. There are many reasons for their mutual hatred, but one of them seems to be political as well.

Covington is a public Donald Trump supporter and almost always dons a “MAGA” hat. In addition, he also claims to be America’s champion. In doing all that, Usman believes “Chaos” is pushing the narrative of dividing the country, especially with regard to immigrants.

However, “The Nigerian Nightmare” has a message for Covington — he is the one living the “American Dream”:

“This country is built off of immigrants, so when did we get to the point where it’s like we need to divide, we need to push this immigrant out, or that immigrant, or separate, and so I feel like that’s what he’s pushing,” Usman said in an interview with Kristine Leahy (via MMA Junkie). “That’s what he’s trying to say, and I need to let him know that I am more American than he is. I am absolutely more American than he is.

“I’m an immigrant who came here, worked his tail off to get to where I am. I did everything right. I didn’t cheat anybody. I didn’t lie, I didn’t do any of the things that they’re trying to say immigrants do. I didn’t do any of that. I paid my dues, and I got what he wanted. I’m sitting up here, and he’s down here looking up at me, so I need to remind him, I’m more American than he is. I’m the one living the American Dream.”

Usman certainly worked his tail off as he became the welterweight champion following a dominant decision victory over previous longtime king Tyron Woodley earlier this year. He notably got the title shot over Covington who had his fair share of issues with the UFC at the time.

And he believes Covington could have got his title shot even sooner had he acted less entitled and just put more work in.

“He’s never experienced anything that I’ve experienced,” Usman added. “He’s never seen what I’ve seen. He’s never walked the path that I’ve walked.

“I feel like he’s a guy of privilege, so he feels like he should be the champion. He feels like he should be awarded these things.”

What do you make of Usman’s comments?

 

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Kamaru Usman: I’m More American Than Colby Covington Is

Kamaru Usman says he can see through Colby Covington’s MAGA shtick and believes he’s more American than “Chaos.” On Dec. 14, Usman will defend his UFC welterweight championship against Covington. The UFC initially wanted these t…

Kamaru Usman says he can see through Colby Covington’s MAGA shtick and believes he’s more American than “Chaos.” On Dec. 14, Usman will defend his UFC welterweight championship against Covington. The UFC initially wanted these two to clash at UFC 244 this past Saturday night (Nov. 2), but negotiations didn’t go well. Ultimately, a deal […]

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