tyron-woodley-ufc-152After securing the biggest victory of his career at UFC 171 this past Saturday, Tyron Woodley isn’t going to allow any naysayers to bring him down from his perch on cloud nine.

While some feel his second-round TKO victory over Carlos Condit in Saturday’s pay-per-view co-main event at Dallas’ American Airlines Center was mostly a product of “The Natural Born Killer” suffering a knee injury, Woodley wants to put that line of thinking in perspective.

Sure, Condit’s (29-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC) night was cut short due to what his coach told MMAjunkie could be ligament and meniscus damage in the knee. But Woodley (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is quick to remind fans that a whole lot happened in the fight before that point, and he was getting the best of the action.

“Lots of people fail to realize we were seven minutes into the fight, and I believe I won seven minutes of the fight,” Woodley today told MMAjunkie Radio. “They’re like, ‘Oh, it was a freak accident.’ A freak accident is someone who slips on a banana peel and tears their meniscus or whatever happens. But that was from an offensive attack – my wrestling takedown. A well-timed double leg.”

Woodley then pointed to other recent situations.

“It’s unfortunate for his injury,” Woodley said. “But if I punch someone in the face and break their jaw – or Anthony Pettis kicks Donald Cerrone in the ribs and he can’t continue – (it’s not much different). I was winning the fight, and I forced the injury. Like Chris Weidman checking the kick [against Anderson Silva].”

Although some critics believe “The Chosen One” was beginning to fade as the second round wore on, Woodley insists he would have continued to dominate the fight even if the injury never occurred. UFC color commentator Joe Rogan even jumped on that line of thinking, saying that Woodley’s muscular frame could’ve negatively affected his cardio if the bout hit a third round.

Woodley was made aware of Rogan’s on-air comments once he got a chance to watch the fight.

“I really wish [Rogan] would just quit making reference to guys who are built with a certain muscular structure that might fatigue,” Woodley said. “I train way too hard and I put myself through hell for anybody to ever reference me in the sense that I have bad cardio or I might deflate because I have so much muscle. I have muscle because I train, because I was born genetically gifted from God.”

Despite the criticisms, the 31-year-old is directing his attention to the positives – one of which is the fact he never felt threatened against the former UFC interim champion and longtime WEC titleholder.

“I hit him with some of the hardest bombs he’s probably ever been hit with,” Woodley said. “He tried to submit me, and I flicked him off like a booger. I just think that I was showing dominance in the fight.

“When I hit him, he was like, ‘What the F just hit me?’ And I was like, ‘How the hell are you still standing up?’ I hit him so hard, probably one of the hardest punches I’ve landed on someone. I think 80, 85 percent of the rest of the world – except him and Roy Nelson – would have been completely laid out flat.”

Woodley has maintained before and after the fight that a victory over Condit – regardless of its nature – should be enough to get him the first crack at newly minted UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

He still firmly believes that, and while others may try to use Condit’s injury as an excuse for his loss, Woodley stands behind his performance and wants his chance to challenge for UFC gold as soon as possible.

“I just think it’s hilarious how the fans and some of the media try to diminish a great moment for me, and I just won’t allow it,” Woodley said. “Carlos Condit’s the No. 2 guy in the world. I took him on when nobody else would. I went out there to win, I was winning the fight, I was going to take it up to the next level, and I just think I should be in line for the next world title shot.”

For the latest on UFC 171, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

* * * *

Check out video highlights and a recap of UFC 171:

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Like Brock Lesnar, The Rock Once Considered a UFC Career

  • 28 days ago
  • 41 views

What if Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, one of the biggest stars in WWE history, had made the move to the UFC? read news >>

UFC 200 Video: Amanda Nunes – All In

  • 20 days ago
  • 16 views

Before the biggest fight of her career against Miesha Tate at UFC 200, get an inside look at the life Amanda Nunes. read news >>

UFC 200 Results: Julianna Pena Tops Cat Zingano in Featured Prelim

  • 14 days ago
  • 17 views

Julianna Pena picked up the biggest win of her UFC career on Saturday, beating Cat Zingano in the featured UFC 200 prelim fight at the T-Mobile in Las Vegas. read news >>

Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne Results: Winner, Knockout Reaction from UFC 200

  • 14 days ago
  • 126 views

After more than a year away from the Octagon, Cain Velasquez is back in the heavyweight conversation with a first-round TKO win over Travis Browne on the main card at UFC 200 on Saturday. Bleacher Re read news >>

Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum Results: Winner and Reaction from UFC 200

  • 14 days ago
  • 11 views

Johny Hendricks and Kelvin Gastelum were both staring down the worst possible question that can be raised about an athlete: "How good could they have been?" Hendricks became an overnight sensation wh read news >>

Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar Results: Winner and Reaction from UFC 200

  • 14 days ago
  • 115 views

Jose Aldo is once again a UFC champion after a unanimous-decision win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 to win the interim UFC Featherweight Championship on Saturday. Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports tweeted t read news >>

Cat Zingano vs Julianna Pena Results: Winner and Reaction from UFC 200

  • 14 days ago
  • 111 views

After 16 months off, No. 3 bantamweight and former title contender Cat Zingano (9-2) faced Julianna Pena, the winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate at UFC 200. After a promising f read news >>

Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson Silva Results: Winner and Reaction from UFC 200

  • 14 days ago
  • 297 views

Daniel Cormier might have been robbed of his opportunity to test himself against Jon Jones, but he still beat a fighter with a case to be considered the greatest of all time at UFC 200. The light hea read news >>

Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt Results: Winner and Reaction from UFC 200

  • 14 days ago
  • 25 views

UFC 100 was headlined by Brock Lesnar's obliteration of Frank Mir. UFC 200 got its own Brock Lesnar moment when the WWE star defeated Mark Hunt in the evening's co-main event via unanimous decision S read news >>

Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes Results: Winner and Knockout Reaction from UFC 200

  • 14 days ago
  • 27 views

The UFC women's bantamweight title has proved to be slippery in 2016. Amanda Nunes became the third woman to hold the belt in the calendar year by upsetting Miesha Tate via first-round technical knoc read news >>