Tyron Woodley targets ‘another belt’ after fan interaction
While he’s been dipping his toes in many waters lately, former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley recently rekindled a familiar aspiration: the gold title.
Woodley held the 170-pound belt on MMA’s biggest stage between 2016 and 2019, defending it against challenges from Stephen Thompson, Demian Maia and Darren Till before being dethroned by current champ Kamaru Usman.
After suffering three more losses to Colby Covington, Gilbert Burns and Vicente Luque, “The Chosen One” left the Octagon. But although he has been absent from MMA since, he maintained his place as a combat sports figurehead with back-to-back boxing matches with YouTube sensation Jake Paul last year.
And despite losing both, the second via a brutal knockout, Woodley contemplates his next adventure, whether in the ring or in the cage.
During an appearance on The residency podcastWoodley has addressed his future, which will likely include a return to mixed martial arts soon enough.
The 40-year-old said he expects to appear under the banners of some secondary MMA promotions in the future, if paychecks meet his requirements. With that, Woodley suggested he had offers from every organization other than the UFC.
“Yeah, I’m gonna give them love (secondary MMA promotions). I’m gonna go out there and fight them all,” Woodley said. seven figures. I’m not going to do it because I’m worth it, I’ve done it before, and it’s not about my winning streak, my record and the belt. Right now, it’s about “do the motherfuckers want to rally behind? Do they want to see you lose again? Do they think you washed up?
“The thing is, I can fight a PFL fight, I can fight a ONE FC fight, I can fight a Bellator fight, I can fight a UFC fight,” Woodley added. “Every organization made me an offer…except the UFC.”
Woodley gets a pep talk from a fan
But although his decision to share the squared circle with Paul twice, as well as business ventures beyond the realm of combat sports, seemed to suggest that Woodley’s pursuit of gold was over, it turns out that this may not be the case thanks to the work of a fan.
Recalling an interaction with a fan, ‘The Chosen One’ claimed their words encouraged him to reconsider another push for championship glory.
“A fan came up to me and said, ‘Man, I want you to bring us one more belt. And I never thought about it,” Woodley said. “And I said, ‘Okay.’ So I have to find a place where I can win a championship. It makes sense. It has to be a big asses fight.
Having previously competed in the PFL Challenger Series as an expert analysis, as well as his praise for the unique promotion, we may soon see the former UFC title holder trade blows in the SmartCage.
If he were to commit to a full season on the welterweight roster to chase the belt and the million dollar prize, fans might even see him take on former Octagon opponent Rory MacDonald.
If that doesn’t tickle his fancy, Woodley has made it clear that he wants to test his abilities as a Muay Thai fighter, so perhaps a venture into a new discipline inside the ONE championship circle might do the trick. expect.
Or, with the growing presence of MMA-related figures in AEW, perhaps a pro wrestling title is in Woodley’s future.
Do you think Tyron Woodley has what it takes to win another championship in combat sports?