UFC News: Tyron Woodley warns Conor McGregor to stay away from welterweight title
UFC welterweight champion Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley is coming off of the most important fights of his career, in which he viciously knocked out the now-former 170-pound champ ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC 201 in July to secure his first career UFC championship.
After the bout Woodley attempted to campaign for a super fight with welterweight legends such as Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz, but ultimately he would be scheduled to face the surging Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson in the co-main event of UFC 205.
Woodley recently spoke to Chris Taylor of BJ Penn.com to promote the upcoming welterweight title scrap, and also discussed the possibility of a match up with current UFC money cow and featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
McGregor does have some experience at the 170 pound weight class, as his mini feud with Nate Diaz took place in that division of the UFC in which he and Diaz split wins during the rivalry.
McGregor also famously said that he had full confidence that he could go into the welterweight division and defeat the then champion Lawler to take that weight classes title as well. Now that Woodley is champ, however, ‘The Chosen One’ believes that McGregor no longer wants to test those waters:
“So he is a smart business guy and so I do not think he is going to want to come up and fight a guy who is going to outsize him,” Woodley said. “Being 170 and fighting 170 is two different things. I walk around at 200.
Giving up that 30-pounds. Plus he is not going to have a boxing advantage. He is definitely not going to have a wrestling advantage. He is definitely not going to have a strength advantage. And it would be a lopsided display of power.”
Those are strong words from Woodley, who has quite the test ahead of him when he and Thompson lock horns for the title in the co-main event of the UFC’s event from Madison Square Garden.
After his bout’s conclusion, however, McGregor will attempt to make history when he challenges Eddie Alvarez in effort to become the promotion’s first dual weight champion ever. UFC 205 takes place live on pay-per-view (PPV) from the Madison Square Garden arena in New York City on November 12, 2016.
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