Tyron Woodley Explains Why He Should Get A Shot At Johny Hendricks
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.18.2014
He makes his case...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Tyron Woodley (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) said that now that he defeated Carlos Condit (29-8 MMA, 6-4 MMA) at UFC 171, he deserves a shot at welterweight champion Johny Hendricks. Right now, Rory MacDonald, Hector Lombard, Dong Huyn Kim and Matt Brown are all being considered.
On MacDonald: "(He) was the gatekeeper for so long, and he had an opportunity then. Now that your teammate (St-Pierre) is gone, that doesn't give you an automatic bid in. He's on a one-fight win streak, and his last appearances, he hasn't looked very amazing."
On Brown: "(He's) fought Jordan Mein, and he's fighting Erick Silva, who's also not in the top 10. Had he fought and beat Condit (a recently planned bout between them was scrapped), his case would be great. He's got six wins, but it's not (all) over top-10 guys."
On Kim: "I think he showed a lot of heart when he came back against Erick Silva, who was beating him convincingly. I think he's in the top 10 in the world. But on pure ticket sales, pay-per-view and marketability, I think we need a global champ. I think we need someone who's well spoken and looks the part, plays the part, fights the part, and lives the part."
On if Nick Diaz came back and wanted a shot: "He hasn't beaten anyone since 2011. I don't think he can beat Hendricks. When is the last time Nick Diaz actually beat a wrestler? I think he's looking to get in quick, make a fast payday."
On if Georges St-Pierre came back and wanted a shot: "I think he's the champ. I think if he comes back, Johny wants the rematch. At that point, I'll step down and I'll say he deserves the shot."