Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is rumored to be returning to the Octagon soon, but his calendar is filling up in other ways as well.
According to a tweet from global superstar Dwayne Johnson, Woodley will join a host of professional athletes for the upcoming second season of The Titan Games on NBC. The premiere of the program’s sophomore season will take place on Memorial Day, May 25 with a two-hour episode.
We’re bringing sports back w/ the best pro-athletes on the planet for our new season of @NBCTitanGames!— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 4, 2020
My TITAN PROS are Olympic gold medalists, @NFL legends, @UFC champions & more. Join us MEMORIAL DAY for an EPIC 2 HOUR PREMIERE! 8PM on @NBC! #SportsAreBack @SevenBucksProd pic.twitter.com/lBpNZ2PPKd
This past Tuesday, Johnson revealed during an Instagram Live stream that professional athletes would take part in the upcoming slate of episodes, which would include a UFC champion. Woodley will join former NFLers Joe Thomas and Victor Cruz, Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Hannah Teter, multi-division world champion boxer Claressa Shields and American Ninja Warrior standout Jessie Graff on the pro athlete side.
According to NBC, The Titan Games offers competitors “the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in epic head-to-head challenges designed to test the mind, body and heart.” The sport of MMA was prevalent in the show’s inaugural season as Derik Scott—an undefeated welterweight prospect who competes for regional promotion Shamrock FC—finished second overall.
In regards to his fighting career, Woodley—according to ESPN—is “leaning towards” accepting a fight with surging 170-pounder Gilbert Burns for the UFC’s May 23 event. A source close to the situation has confirmed that Burns has accepted the matchup.
Additionally, Woodley expressed his interest in the matchup via Twitter on Friday.
After an over two-year run as UFC welterweight champion, Woodley was defeated by Kamaru Usman via unanimous decision at UFC 235 in March 2019. It was the last time “The Chosen One” has tasted defeat since a June 2014 decision loss to Rory MacDonald at UFC 174.
Woodley captured the title with a first-round TKO win over Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 in July 2016 and had successful title defenses against Stephen Thompson, Demian Maia and Darren Till. The St. Louis native was scheduled to face Leon Edwards in the main event of UFC London in March before the event was postponed due to concerns surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.