Tyron Woodley is ready to step inside the Octagon on May 9. After numerous cancellations of fight cards, UFC president Dana White wants to begin UFC operations from May 9 at UFC’s Apex Facility in Las Vegas.
Woodley was scheduled to fight on March 21 against Leon Edwards at the O2 Arena in London. The event had to be cancelled because of the rapid spread of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Then there were talks about Colby Covington stepping up on short notice to fight Woodley, but it never materialized because of the fight cancellations. However, Woodley is adamant about fighting on May 9 card because he believes it’s his only chance at fighting anytime soon. According to Woodley, the authorities might not allow UFC to host fights after May 9.
“I want to fight sooner than later,” Woodley told TMZ Sports in a recent interview. “One, because I think there’s a chance that a fight could go down May 9th, and then they may have in their mind, ‘Okay, May 9th we’re gonna do a card, May 16th we’re gonna do a card,’ and just kind of keep doing a card every weekend. At any point, the government could come down and smack down and say, ‘No, stop.’ ESPN, Disney, whoever. So I feel like for me, fighting May 9th makes the most sense.”
Tyron Woodley wants title back
Woodley last fought against Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 last year. In this fight, he lost his title welterweight title to Kamaru Usman via a unanimous decision. Woodley wants to get his title back this year and it doesn’t matter who he has to fight to get back into the title contention.
“I’m seeking performances. I want to go out and I want to put three or four crazy performances in this year where people are like ‘What the f*ck did he do to Tyron? Why did he whoop his ass like that?’ That’s all I’m thinking about, so it really doesn’t matter at this point. At this point, I’m willing to fight anybody because at the end of the day everybody’s good, everybody’s tough, and when you’re the champion you don’t get a chance to pick who you fight. So right now I feel like I had a bad night, but I’m still the champion in my mind. I’ve still got the mentality, I’ve still got the skillset, so I’ve got to align where my mind’s at to actually getting back to that belt. So whatever fights get me to that belt, that’s what I’m doing.
“It’s not really a vendetta against Usman. Usman just beat me that night. I don’t have nothing personal against anybody. Whoever is wearing the strap when it’s time for me to go, that’s who I want to fight.” (H/T – MMAFighting)
Do you think Woodley will become champion again?