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Tyron Woodley on Maia being given a title shot: “You have to talk to the champion first”

After a win in his title-eliminator bout against Jorge Masvidal, Demian Maia was given a title shot.  Unfortunately, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley may have other plans.

UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley


After scraping out a split-decision victory over Jorge Masvidal at last weekend’s (Saturday, May 13, 2017) UFC 211 in Dallas, Texas, Demian Maia was promised the next welterweight title shot against champion Tyron Woodley.

Welterweight contender Demian Maia moments after his split-decision win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 211


However, no one ran it by ‘The Chosen One.’ Which is, according to him, something that needs to be done before title fights are awarded.

“Someone needs to talk to me first.  I haven’t talked with anyone, you have to talk to the champion, first.  You can issue whatever challenge you want to issue out, but you have to talk to me.”

Tyron Woodley in a recent appearance on The MMA Hour


Although Woodley has yet to be contacted by the UFC about defending his title against Maia, he is still open to the matchup.

“I’m not against fighting Demian Maia.  I think, out of all the guys in the top 10 that are really threatening guys who are frightening in the Octagon — whether it’s submissions or knockouts or just their ability to be tough — I match up the best with him.  I’ve fought that style so many different times.”

“My last five fights have been against southpaws.  I’ve seen it so many times and I have such great resources, guys like Ben Askren.  I might even pick up the phone and grab Jake Shields, because a lot of people don’t realize that Jake Shields went to Brazil and dominated Demian Maia.”

Woodley to The MMA Hour‘s Ariel Helwani


Nonetheless, Woodley admits a fight against Maia — or even Masvidal — doesn’t exactly excite him, though he was approached by the UFC about facing the winner beforehand.

“It didn’t interest me, it didn’t make my adrenaline pump,” said Woodley to Ariel Helwani. “To be honest, neither one of those guys interested me because they are trying to build their brand, I’m trying to build my brand up and I feel my brand is further than theirs is.”

He expanded on this thought by saying that Maia‘s grinding Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu style is not the most exciting, meaning he would not be able to put on the type of fight he’d like to give the fans. ‘The Chosen One’ realises another lacklustre outing like his last against Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson could potentially lead to more fan backlash.

Woodley (L) during his successful welterweight title defence against Stephen Thompson at UFC 209


When asked what fight does tickle his fancy, Woodley mentioned a couple of well-known possible opponents:  Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz, two men that the welterweight champ says will help cement his legacy as the greatest in the division’s history.

Former longtime welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre

Multi-weight spark plug Nick Diaz


The way Woodley sees it, though, “everyone is going to get it at the end of the day,” regardless of order.

What do you make of Tyron Woodley‘s remarks? Will he get his wish? Or will he have to bite the bullet and fight the rightful contender, Demian Maia? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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