At 36 years of age, Tyron Woodley is now coming to the latter stages of his career, but he still remarkably does not get the plaudits he deserves. He started as an underdog on this list of betting sites when facing off against Stephen Thompson, which was a surprise considering his win streak that dates back to 2014. Woodley currently sits at number six in the pound for pound rankings, but looking at the list of fighters he has defeated, it could be argued he should be several places above this.

Tyron fights out of the American top team, alongside the greatest women’s mixed martial artist of all time in Amanda Nunez. She is just coming off the back of a stunning first round knockout of Cyborg, so the team continues to go from strength to strength. Woodley fights in the welterweight division, and has long been a dominant champion. He is already teasing a possible step up to 185 pounds later this year, and would likely be a devasting force in the division. Could we yet see him face off against the 185 champion Robert Whittaker in 2019?

It appeared likely that Woodley would face off against long term rival and current interim champion Colby Covington next, but this has failed to materialise. He now has a scheduled bout against Kamaru Usman in Las Vegas for UFC 235 at the start of March. Usman has been one of the rising forces in the UFC having won his previous 13 fights in succession, with his last defeat coming in 2013. He is also undefeated in the UFC. Woodley is likely to again start as the favourite and will be expected to show why he remains one of the greatest fighters in history.

Woodley himself has an impressive professional fighting record of 19 wins, three losses and one draw. As mentioned previously he is unbeaten since UFC 174 back in 2014, but he has improved in to a much more rounded fighter since then. This period has included comprehensive victories over the likes of Kelvin Gastelum, Robbie Lawler and more recently Darren Till. The latter named was being pushed as one of the next stars of the sport, as his brash talking brought similarities to Conor McGregor. He was the favourite going into his clash with Woodley, but got completely outclassed from the off. This ended in the second round as Woodley won via submission. This performance at UFC 228, was another example of why he is one of the pound for pound best in the sport, and future hall of famer.







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