During his reign as UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley would frequently talk about eclipsing Georges St-Pierre as the greatest welterweight of all-time. Now, Woodley wants to follow in St-Pierre’s footsteps, and after reclaiming the 170-pound title, move up and take the middleweight title as well.
Speaking on an Instagram live session recently (h/t Bloody Elbow), Woodley outlined his future plans, saying that he believes he’ll have cleaned out the welterweight division after a few more wins, and once he’s done that, he has his sights set on middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.
“I’m just getting started,” Woodley said. “I’m not going to act like I’m going to be here until I’m 45, but I’m not going anywhere for a while. I’ve got a lot of people and mouths to shut up. And then I want to spend some time at middleweight too.
“I’ve got to clean up the (welterweight) division. Three or four fights in the welterweight division, and when I feel like I can comfortably say that I’ve wiped everybody out, then I want to go up there and see what Izzy is about.
“I’m going straight for the belt (if I move up), whoever its at. I ain’t going up to play games. I’m already a five-time world champion.”
Adesanya is one of the fastest rising stars in the UFC at present. Despite making his UFC debut just two years ago, Adesanya has quickly amassed eight wins in the organization, claimed the middleweight championship, and already defended it against Yoel Romero, albeit in a fight most would like to forget. That fight, among other reasons, is partly why Woodley is interested in a move to middleweight, he believes it exposed some weaknesses in “The Last Stylebender”.
“I don’t think he’s as dope as everybody is saying,” Woodley said. “I think he’s great, but everyone is making him out like he’s some phenomenon. I’ve seen some exposure in the Gastelum fight — somebody I walked through. I’ve seen some exposure in the Yoel Romero fight, he’s scared of guys with power. One thing that Yoel and I have in common — not the same — is power, explosiveness. It didn’t seem like he was trying to deal with that at all.”
For his part, Adesanya has been more concerned with moving up to light heavyweight and heavyweight in the near future. However, the middleweight champion did notice Woodley casting aspersions at him and took some time to respond via Twitter, pointing out to the former welterweight champion that the last time he fought it was against another Nigerian, and on that night Kamaru Usman dominated him to take the welterweight title.
Canceled. UFC officially cancels four events due to coronavirus pandemic.
Suspended. PFL suspends 2020 season, contracted fighters to be paid monthly stipend.
The A-Side Live Chat with Elias Theodorou.
Learn you something about one of the all time greats.
Dana giving Phillipe Nover props.
The Intro to the first ever UFC - the Ultimate Fighting Challenge.
The Co-Main Event. Discussing Dana’s conference call and safety concerns for the UFC.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Celebrating the holiday.
Happy 420— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 20, 2020
I’d like to report a murder.
Can someone tell me what this gimmick is? I missed the memo pic.twitter.com/xkQjmam5EW— 23 days until Bitcoin Halving! (@Benaskren) April 20, 2020
They caring u after Masvidal fight Dumbass https://t.co/LuZVIK1o7o— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) April 21, 2020
It’s where me and you have been Benothan— Darren Till (@darrentill2) April 21, 2020
Ready and willing.
5 years ago on this day I was enjoying the sun beach and sand in Hawaii Island— Valentina Shevchenko (@BulletValentina) April 20, 2020
Caught me on thoughts , I can’t stop to think about fighter island #Hawaii #2015 #Oahu #IslandLife #FightIsland pic.twitter.com/566iupgTxV
Cody looking swoll.
Does Devin Powell have a pig on a leash?
Watermelon challenge. I nominate the twitter world. Share with your friends and let’s smash some watermelons!— Devin Powell (@DevinPowellMMA) April 20, 2020
( was eaten by myself and my ) I nominate @arielhelwani let’s start #helwanikickboxing pic.twitter.com/xWk32hrqLF
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
Who would win?
This poll is closed
If you find something you’d like to see in the Morning Report, hit up @JedKMeshew on Twitter and let him know about it. Also follow MMAFighting on Instagram, add us on Snapchat at MMA-Fighting, and like us on Facebook.