After losing his title in a one-sided defeat to Kamaru Usman in March 2019, former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley returned to action in the main event of UFC on ESPN 9 in May but he once again fell in one-sided fashion, this time at the hands of current title challenger Gilbert Burns.
At 38 years old, this marks the first losing streak of Woodley’s 25-fight career, which is impressive, to say the least. Given how he’s performed in each of those two previous bouts, however, some have begun to wonder how many more fights “The Chosen One” has left in him.
In a stacked welterweight division, Woodley has not only struggled a bit as of late but he also hasn’t been the most active fighter either. Moving forward, the former champion hopes to change that though, as he recently revealed that he’s looking to fight multiple times before the end of the year.
“I want to fight two more times this year,” Woodley said Monday on Instagram Live via MMAJunkie.com. “So we are right now in June. I feel like if I can get one on the books sometime in the near future then it still leaves me with November or December to fight again. I want to fight two more times this year. I want to just really knock out some fights. I’m excited about it. I’m ready to get back in there and get after it.”
In terms of what exactly the future holds, Woodley didn’t feel as if he was in a position to specifically call out any other fighters given that he’s currently coming off of back-to-back losses.
“I can’t think of anybody off the top of my head like, ‘Oh, let me fight this mother(expletive),’” Woodley said. “If you lose a fight you don’t be coming out of the gate like you ain’t really in a position to call anybody out. You kind of just got to take a seat, sit down, be humble, get back on the grind, get ready to beat somebody up. But you don’t really get to call the shots like that, at least I don’t think you should. Some people do. You know you who are.”
Although it’s quite likely that Woodley is at the tail end of his career, there are still certainly some intriguing possibilities for him. In fact, he’s even discussed a potential jump up to middleweight in the past.
If he were to remain at 170 pounds though, perhaps a bout against former interim titleholder Colby Covington, who’s coming off of a loss to Usman in a five-round war, would make sense. The two have quite a history and were discussed as potential opponents relatively often when Woodley was still the champion.