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Woodley claims Maia is ‘not a huge step’ towards his end goal

The champ wants higher profiled names to go down as one of the best ever.

Welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley has his eyes firmly set on cementing his name as one of the best to ever do it in the welterweight division. However, he has claimed that a victory over upcoming opponent, Damian Maia doesn’t help his legacy all that much.

 

Since defeating Robbie Lawler to become welterweight champion last year, Woodley has expressed his desire to fight the biggest names in the organisation.

 

The Chosen One has insisted that those high profiled fights are at the top of his priorities.

 

“It’s a step, but it’s not a huge step to be honest.” Woodley said on his UFC 214 media conference call on Monday. “Obviously Georges St-Pierre is out there talking about still wanting to fight. There’s other welterweights like Nick Diaz, who in my opinion, is in the top 5 welterweights in the world. There’s other fights that could help me to become the greatest welterweight ever.”

 

UFC 214 takes place this Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Woodley vs. Maia co-headlines the eagerly anticipated rematch between current light-heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier and former light-heavyweight champion, Jon Jones.

 

Woodley also says that just defeating his opposition won’t be enough to surpass some of the greatest fighters to have fought in the welterweight division. He feels like he must defeat them in style and produce memorable moments to do so.

 

“The way that I go out there and fight guys, I could open up a little bit more and let guys have it.” said the champ. “I possess all the tools and skills, explosiveness and conditioning. Sometimes it’s the way I fight guys that could get me in that position. I definitely think this will be a step forward. Not a huge one, but a step nevertheless. And I’m in it for the long haul. I’m not trying to win two or three fights and get out of here. I’m trying to grow as a champion and become a superstar.”

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