Tyron Woodley Eyes Usman, Covington Fights Before Middleweight Jump

Tyron Woodley is approaching his return to the Octagon. “The Chosen One” claims he’ll fight before the year is up as he strives to regain the welterweight title he once held. Woodley comes off a unanimous decision loss to Kamaru Usman earlier this year in which he dropped the 170-pound title. He’s kept busy with […]

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Tyron Woodley is approaching his return to the Octagon. “The Chosen One” claims he’ll fight before the year is up as he strives to regain the welterweight title he once held.

Woodley comes off a unanimous decision loss to Kamaru Usman earlier this year in which he dropped the 170-pound title. He’s kept busy with his music and entertainment career on the side, but still has the desire to be the best mixed martial artist in the world. Speaking at a fan Q&A in Canada, Woodley laid out his plans for a return.

He’s hoping for fights with Colby Covington, a rematch – and trilogy – with Usman, before jumping up to middleweight. (H/T MMA Junkie)

“Obviously it’s going to be a lot of emotion in the Colby Covington fight. It’s going to be a lot of emotion in the (Kamaru) Usman fight,” Woodley said. “But outside of those two fights in that division, those are the ones that excite me the most, and after I get my belt and defend, if I fight Usman and beat him, I got to give him the rubber match.

“I can’t just say, ‘Nah-nah-nah, you can’t get me.’ I’ve got to give him a chance to get back out there and prove it. Then fighting Colby, obviously. Then I’m looking at 185 (pounds) after that.”

At this point in his career, Woodley is looking for fights that excite him. He’s still confused as to why he never received an immediate rematch for the title, but is ready to run through whoever necessary to get back to the championship.

“I just want fights that excite me,” Woodley said. “I want fights that are going to get me back to the title if it’s not an immediate rematch. When you look at a lot of fighters that are in similar situations as me, that had never defended, they were given instant rematches.

“And you’ve got to recognize that my deck of cards is my deck of cards. It’s not theirs. So whatever reason that fight wasn’t immediately rematched, I can’t cry over spilled milk. I’ve got to go out there and do what it takes for me to get back to the belt.”

What do you think about Woodley’s aspirations to fight Usman, Covington, and jump up to middleweight?

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Dillon Danis Rips Into Tyron Woodley Concert

Dillon Danis has been trash talking seemingly everyone in the UFC. Yet, this past weekend, he said he has hit rock bottom as he attended a Tyron Woodley concert. “you know you hit rock bottom when you go to a @TWooodley concert,” he wrote on Twitter. Tyron Woodley, of course, has released several songs and […]

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Dillon Danis has been trash talking seemingly everyone in the UFC.

Yet, this past weekend, he said he has hit rock bottom as he attended a Tyron Woodley concert.

“you know you hit rock bottom when you go to a @TWooodley concert,” he wrote on Twitter.

Tyron Woodley, of course, has released several songs and has spent time on his music career. He has recorded songs with Wiz Khalifa and others. Yet, Dillon Danis is still not impressed with his music.

But, this could very well be just Dillon Danis just being himself. He trash talks seemingly everyone. He has taken shots at likes of Ben Askren, Jon Jones, and even YouTube stars in Logan and Jake Paul.

Many fighters have responded to him, even Jones after Dillon Danis said he offered to do a grappling match with him.

“I offered to do a grappling match with him,” Danis said on an episode Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “If we fought in MMA, I feel like, from his stance and how tall he is, if I did an Imanari roll I would take his leg home with me.

“Why not? I come from jiu-jitsu where we fight the biggest guys,” he added when asked why he believed he could overcome the size disadvantage. “I’ve fought guys that are like 300 pounds in jiujitsu. You have to do it. I fought seven of them in the same day. So I don’t know man, I’m a different kind of martial artist. I’ve been doing this since I was a kid, training with anybody and anywhere.”

Jones then responded with the following:

“Dude, nothing is going on with Dillon Danis,” Jones said. “I think he knows I’m the type of guy to respond and it’s getting his following up. So, I think that’s what’s going on with him. At the end of the day, I don’t come out and talk trash about these guys. That just came out of nowhere. I feel like I’ve been in this sport for over 10 years now, some guys just like to bring up my name because it looks cool.”

“I wouldn’t grapple him but I’d put my foot in his mouth,” he later added.

What do you make of Dillon Danis’ attending a Tyron Woodley concert?

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Tyron Woodley ‘Wants To Fight’ Khabib Nurmagomedov

Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is calling for a fight with lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov recently defended his title against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 last week. Many now believe his next opponent should be Tony Ferguson who is on a 12-fight winning streak. Should he come away with the win there, there […]

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Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is calling for a fight with lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Nurmagomedov recently defended his title against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 last week. Many now believe his next opponent should be Tony Ferguson who is on a 12-fight winning streak.

Should he come away with the win there, there is a possibility of him moving up to welterweight to build his legacy even further with a potential second title. That would be music to Woodley’s ears as he believes he has what it takes to defeat a “once in a lifetime” fighter like Nurmagomedov:

“I want to fight Khabib,” he said on TMZ. “I got the best takedown defense in the history of the sport. He’s dope, man. There’s not too many guys around like that. He’s a once in a lifetime. I’m a fan of his.

Of course, Woodley wants to win his title back from Kamaru Usman first. And once he does, he’s even offering “The Eagle” a catchweight bout rather than moving all the way up to 170:

“You know the good thing about it is he got one or two more fights in that division that make sense for him,” Woodley added. “He struggles to make 155. I got to get my belt back for this fight to make sense. …He won’t even have to come up. We can do it at a catchweight, 165. I barely can make it but for the right bag…”

Who do you think wins between Nurmagomedov and Woodley? Are you interested in seeing it?

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Tyron Woodley Calls Colby Covington A ‘Complete Dumbass’

Tyron Woodley believes Colby Covington hurts himself with his shtick. Woodley and Covington were once teammates at American Top Team. Once “The Chosen One” split his time with Roufusport, Covington fired off a seemingly endless barrage of v…

Tyron Woodley believes Colby Covington hurts himself with his shtick. Woodley and Covington were once teammates at American Top Team. Once “The Chosen One” split his time with Roufusport, Covington fired off a seemingly endless barrage of verbal shots. The two were scheduled to clash for the UFC welterweight title back in Sept. 2018, but […]

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Tyron Woodley Says Kamaru Usman Rematch Is ‘Super Necessary’

Tyron Woodley is continuing his campaign for a rematch against Kamaru Usman. The two fought back at UFC 235 where Usman dominated the entire fight en route to a decision victory to win the welterweight title. Since the loss, Woodley has wanted the rema…

Tyron Woodley is continuing his campaign for a rematch against Kamaru Usman. The two fought back at UFC 235 where Usman dominated the entire fight en route to a decision victory to win the welterweight title. Since the loss, Woodley has wanted the rematch saying that performance wasn’t him, but has still yet to fight. […]

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Tyron Woodley Working On Opponent: ‘I’ll Be Back This Year’

Fans can expect to see former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley sooner rather than later. Woodley lost his welterweight title after getting outpointed by Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 earlier this year. He was then expected to return in a rematch against Robbie Lawler in the summer but had to pull out because of an […]

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Fans can expect to see former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley sooner rather than later.

Woodley lost his welterweight title after getting outpointed by Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 earlier this year. He was then expected to return in a rematch against Robbie Lawler in the summer but had to pull out because of an injury to his hand.

It’s been a couple of months since but Woodley is now all good and is even being offered opponents by the UFC. However, he is still intent on getting his rematch with Usman:

“I’m good now,” Woodley told TMZ. “They should be offering me some fights pretty soon. They offered me a couple of fights the last couple of days so you should see me in there pretty soon.

“They kind of shuffling the deck a little bit in the division. Some of these fights actually sound interesting. Obviously, the rematch [with Usman], I want my belt back so that’s the most interesting. That’s the fight I want the most so if that’s not on the table at the moment, I have to look for the next best fight.”

Woodley could even be back before the end of the year as when asked about a potential fight in 2020, he stated it wouldn’t be that long until he’s back in the Octagon:

“I’ll be back this year,” he concluded.

Who do you want to see Woodley face?

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