Fresh off a vicious knockout of Jay Hieron in
his UFC debut on Saturday, Tyron
Woodley is hoping for a busy year in the Octagon.
In fact, he’s already told UFC President Dana White that he’ll be
available if someone drops out of the March 16 showdown between
Condit and Rory
MacDonald. It’s MacDonald in particular that Woodley has his
“I want to fight him,” Woodley told the Sherdog Radio Network’s
“Beatdown” show. “If anything happens with Carlos
Condit, God forbid, or something happens with that fight, I
already told Dana White.”
It’s not that Woodley thinks the highly touted MacDonald is a
slouch. Rather, now is the time to beat him, in Woodley’s view.
“Nobody’s calling him out for a reason,” Woodley said. “Because
he’s freaking unreal. But if you wait, you think he’s going to stop
getting better? In two years, this kid’s probably going to be one
of the best fighters in the game. I’d rather knock his butt off now
like I knocked off [Tarec
Saffiedine’s] just before he got the Strikeforce gold.”
There has also been some discussion among fans of a matchup between
Woodley and fellow UFC 156 winner Demian Maia,
who outgrappled and outpointed Jon Fitch on
Saturday. Woodley isn’t too interested, though.
“Everybody’s been Tweeting about it,” he said. “I don’t mind the
fight. If he fights me the way he fought Fitch, then it’s not that
dangerous of a fight. He just took him down and jumped on his
Maia’s ability to take down Fitch didn’t surprise or impress
Woodley, who said the canvas was “super slippery.”
“There was almost no traction and no way to defend,” Woodley said.
“When [Maia] got on [Fitch’s] back, he just had no answer for it. I
think Demian Maia’s tough. He just didn’t really impress me very
much. I think if you match us up, it’s going to be a boring fight
and we’re both going to get hella flak. I would rather fight [Nick]
Diaz, Rory MacDonald, Condit. I would rather fight one of those
guys, to be honest. They’re going to bring out the fight. They’re
going to make me fight harder.”
Regardless of whom he fights next, Woodley believes he’ll
eventually end up at the top.
“I’m not running from trying to earn it,” he said. “I’m not running
from taking the fights. I’ll get there. I think definitely my
talent level is definitely top 10. I think my thirst and hunger
wants to fight the top five.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 1:02:24).