Tyron Woodley was claiming he was the greatest welterweight of all-time ahead of his title defense against Kamaru Usman at UFC 235. There, the champion was dominated in every round and lost the title to Usman. Now, he has not fought since, but says a rematch could very well happen next.
“It looks like me and Usman are sitting out so maybe a rematch against Usman” he told TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter. “I should be ready for November if that’s when they want to do it, for sure. I would love to fight Usman in November. He said he would be open to it as well, so I’m excited to go out there and get my belt back.”
Tyron Woodley makes it clear, that was not the best performance and knows he could do better. For whatever reason, he couldn’t pull the trigger but says he wants that rematch to redeem himself.
“We all know what I’m capable of,” he said. “We all know Tyron Woodley when he’s at his best and we could see that wasn’t me that night. I just want to go out there and redeem myself, win in dominant fashion and get my belt back.”
Ultimately, whether or not he gets it is up in the air. Ben Askren vs. Jorge Masvidal happens on Saturday where the winner could get the next title same. While Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler happens in August, where if Covington wins he could get the next title shot. But, Woodley is not paying attention to any of that now.
“All this is so new, so you never know. Right now, who is Usman going to fight? Are we going to wait and see what happens between Colby and Robbie or Ben and Masvidal? I don’t know for sure, so I’m just going to play the ground, keep my ears low and see what’s going on.”
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime