Upon his arrival in the UFC, Tyron Woodley has made quite the name for himself, especially since winning the UFC welterweight title from “Ruthless Robbie Lawler with a jaw dropping KO that sent shockwaves throughout the MMA world in July of 2016.
However in his reign, the lack of finishes and the consistency of defenses, has left a lot to be desired in the eyes of MMA fans. As of late, “The Chosen One” Woodley has been spending most of his time playing analyst for FOX Sports 1’s UFC pre and post fight shows. The champ was on hand once again in his analyst role Saturday night for UFC Fight Night Chile to watch the main event, a welterweight title eliminator between Kamaru Usman and former title challenger Demian Maia. After Usman defeated Maia in dominant yet subpar fashion by decision, he took the opportunity to call out the UFC welterweight champion.
“Champ, you know my social media hasn’t changed since I got in the game five years ago,” Usman said. “Welterweight, and I’m coming for that gold strap and with that performance, even with some handicaps, no one can deny that I’m definitely top-five right now in the division.”
Taking exception to the call out, Woodley responded to Usman’s bold challenge.
“You know what Kamaru Usman, congratulations, number one, never want to take the credit [away], Demian Maia’s a tough opponent,” “Me, as the champion, I’m always welcome to any challenger, just make it to that point, I’ll be on the other side of the Octagon.
“I did see a couple of things if you do against me you might end up waking up with the smelling salts. But hey, hats off to you, great job.”
After hearing the champion’s response, Usman got the last word on Woodley via his Twitter.
Do you think Kamara Usman’s performance was good enough to warrant a shot at the UFC Welterweight Title?