Duke Roufus Weighs-In on Likelihood of Tyron Woodley Receiving Immediate Rematch With Kamaru Usman
By FCF Staff
Tyron Woodley believes that due to his run as welterweight champ, he should be granted an immediate rematch with Kamaru Usman. But, Woodley’s striking coach, Duke Roufus, doesn’t see that happening.
Woodley faced Usman at UFC 235 earlier this month and dropped a one-sided, decision loss to the rising star. Since Woodley held the 170 title for over two years, and retained it four times, the powerful wrestler’s campaigned for a rematch with the new champ.
But, during a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Roufus had this to say about Woodley’s wish:
“We all know how the UFC feels about Tyron, and here’s the thing: I’m friends with everybody. I love Tyron, I love them, I get a long with everyone. That’s between them. I’m always going to stand with my fighter, but I understand what they want him to do,” Roufus said. “We have to go stretch and choke out two or three people, and get a title shot. That’s it. That’s just the formula he’s going to have to do – come in, take out someone and get some big performances. That’s just part of it sometimes. … I understand you don’t get an automatic rematch all the time.”
Usman is expected to face former interim champ, Colby Covington next.