Tyron Woodley Comments On Matt Brown vs Robbie Lawler As A Welterweight Title Eliminator
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.03.2014
He wasn't happy to be excluded...
In an interview with The MMA Hour (via MMA Junkie, Tyron Woodley talked about his reaction to not getting a chance to compete for a welterweight title shot, as Robbie Lawler vs Matt Brown will now decide who faces Johny Hendricks next. Here are highlights:
On his reaction to the fight announcement: "My initial reaction was obviously not excited, jumping over the fence and looking for rainbows in the sky. For me, I was pretty upset because I was told verbally through Dana White and Lorenzo [Fertitta] that I would fight this kid, and I would fight him in his hometown, and the winner of this bout would get the shot at the world title. So for me, I thought the risk matched the reward. I was prepared to go up to this kid's hometown and steal a show and upset the party in his hometown, but in my mind it was worth doing that to fight for a world title."
On deserving the shot over Matt Brown: "Matt Brown has won seven fights in a row, but if you do the math he was 12-11 before he won those seven fights. None of those seven wins were against top 10 opponents. Granted, he's a tough guy, I actually really enjoy watching him fight -- he has more heart than most welterweights. But he hasn't beat one top 10 guy. And I can argue that Tarec Saffiedine was a top ten welterweight. Paul Daley was a top 10 welterweight. Josh Koscheck was a lineal top 10 welterweight, and Dana White out of his own mouth said I got screwed in the Jake Shields fight who, at that time, was a top 10 welterweight. With those things in mind, and not even including the Carlos Condit, who was No. 2, and Rory MacDonald who's No. 2. So we can talk top 10 opponents, but I can say I've beat the top 2 guys back to back."
On UFC promising title shots and not delivering: "You know, I had a feeling that, when Ellenberger and Robbie Lawler fought, they were told the same thing. I get a feeling that Nick Diaz, if he would fight Matt Brown, he would get a title shot. And I think Rory, as well as me, was told that if he won this bout he would get a title shot. I think it's the organization's way of getting us pumped up, making us want to go out there and put on a crazy performance and really putting a flame beneath us…as well as the performance bonuses and those other things. I know there's some politics involved with it, and some pay-per-view sales involved with it, but I think after the performance I plan on putting on June 14, everybody will see why I'm the next champion, and why I'm ‘The Chosen One,' and why people will want to see me fight for a world title and hold that belt."