UFC 192: Tyron Woodley Wanted to Leave “No Reasonable Doubt” About #1 Contender Status
By FCF Staff
Tyron Woodley has been handed a title shot, following Johny Hendricks’ withdrawal from UFC 192, but the welterweight wishes he could have scored a big win beforehand.
After it was announced that Hendricks would no longer fight Woodley, due to issues he encountered during his weight cut, the latter called for a title shot. The scheduled bout had been widely considered to be a title shot eliminator.
The UFC proceeded to grant Woodley his wish, and he will fight the winner of the January 2nd bout between champ Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit.
Following the news, Woodley spoke to the UFC’s Megan Olivi about his title shot, and the decorated wrestler stated this:
“I think I was a guy in a position where I could have fought for the title next anyways. You know, Carlos Condit’s fighting for the title and I beat him. So, it wasn’t that I didn’t deserve it already, but I wanted to leave no lasting contenders, no reasonable doubt…I wanted to fight the toughest guy to prove to myself, to keep raising the bar, to give me something to be motivated about in training camp…”
Woodley (15-3) is coming off consecutive wins over Condit and Dong Hyun Kim, since he was decisioned by Rory MacDonald in 2014.