Robbie Lawler (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Robbie Lawler (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Saturday’s UFC 201 event was filled with gruesome finishes, exciting fights, all the way up to the main event where we saw a new champion being crowned, after Tyron Woodley landed his thunderous right hand that started the sequence that ultimately took out ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler in the first round, and thereby ending Lawler’s title rain that started Nov 16, 2013.

In Tyrons post fight win-interview he had with the #1 welterweight contender and UFConFOX panelist, Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, Woodley was asked;

”That was a first round finish, and I know you are not injured, what are the chances that we get it on in November my friend?”

Woodley quickly gave his two cents on what he thought about ‘Wonderboys’ ask.

”Well, this is what I think, you know I think you initially wanted to fight Robbie Lawler, and you get the opportunity to fight Robbie Lawler, because who I want to fight now is, I think Nick Diaz comes off suspension in two days, he is a money-fight, I’ve been in this game, I’m a OG, I’ve been here for a while, I want to make the big doe, so, if he wants to fight August, with his brother, Nate Diaz, I think me and him can show down at the event, I’m uninjured, August, I’m ready to go, [UFC]202, let’s make that money, I think he has deserved it, I think he has put enough butts in the seat, he deserves to make that pay day, so let’s go get it.”



Nick Diaz suspension for his last fight where he tested positive for Marijuana against Anderson Silva is now done, as Woodley have stated, however, Nick hasn’t won a fight in almost five years, Oct 2011 when he beat the breaks of an already declining and undersized welterweight, in BJ Penn.

Woodley also expressed interest in facing the now retired, former UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, who hasn’t fought in more than two and a half year, Nov 2013, when GSP won his last fight as a champion against Johny Hendricks by a very close split-decision.

At the age of 34, one can perhaps better understands Woodley’s time sensitive agenda of wanting fights with the biggest bucks involved, but. Just as he is allowed to express his wishes, the backlash from MMA fans and fellow fighters for what could easily be perceived as conservative match-making from the champion – is to be expected with a statement as such.

From a financial point of view, Woodley isn’t wrong – The biggest money fights for him are not in the top five of the division, or top fifteen for that matter.

He may have won, but "GSP" dropped two spots as a result of his fight with Hendricks (Ester Lin/MMA Fighting)

Georges St. Pierre after his most recent title fight against Johny Hendricks in Nov 16, 2013  (Ester Lin/MMA Fighting)

So, if Woodley wants to pick and choose his opponents, he will do so at the cost of the respect from fellow fighters and fans who wants a champion with high-, competitive standards(?).

Think about it for a second, who can blame a father of four for wanting to provide for his family the best way he can? However, that doesn’t change the fact.

Tyron Woodley is already ducking the most deserving and highest ranked contenders in the welterweight division as of right now.

But let’s be honest here at the end, wouldn’t you do the same for your family?

About The Author

Christian Larusson
Staff Writer

Christian Larusson is a passionate Mixed Martial Arts fan. With experience in writing for Swedish MMA sites, he now solely writes in English through blogging, PunchDrunkSports and The MMA Corner. Got his heart broken early in his life when a friend, ‘Judas’, told him that WWE/WWF wasn’t real. Then one day, he saw MMA on a friend's computer, he was overwhelmed with emotions from what his eyes had just seen. He´s been in love ever since. Christian has been published in different Swedish papers and books, nothing to do with MMA though, so who gives a shh-.

  • darby crash

    Woodley should have to defend the belt against the top contender first. If he wins that then he’s earned the right to call out whomever.