Tyron Woodley is not looking to walk away from the UFC. The former UFC welterweight champion has been on a downward slide in the division. After three losses in a row, some began to wonder if Woodley would be walking away from the sport. It seems that is not the case as he is now looking at getting back in the Octagon against Vicente Luque in March. The news was first reported by Brett Okamoto from ESPN.
Including losing his title to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235, Woodley has now lost three in a row. This is the first time Woodley has had multiple losses in a row in his entire MMA career. However, the losses are not going to deter Woodley. He shook off the remarks from Dana White insinuating that he should walk away following his last loss.
“I’m not retiring – I’m not giving it up,” Woodley said on Instagram Live via MMAFighting.com. “I’m not switching all my coaches up. I’m not changing the continent I live on. I’m not doing all that. Some sh*t didn’t happen and guess what? I don’t know why it didn’t happen. I did everything to make it happen. Now we just take a deep breath and see what’s next.”
Woodley has dropped to number six in the UFC rankings but is certainly not out of the mix at this point. With a few wins in a row, he could find himself right back in title contention.
As for Luque, this opportunity to fight Woodley is great for him. He is in the number ten spot and a win could launch him right up towards the top five. Plus a win over a former champion looks great. His only two losses in the last five years have come from top-five opponents. He needs to show that he can win over the top guys, and a finish would be even better to creep towards a title shot of his own.
There is no location determined for this event as of yet but will most likely be held at the UFC Apex center in Las Vegas.