Tyron "The Chosen One" Woodley is a former UFC Welterweight Champion with a professional MMA record of 19-wins and 7-losses. Tyron got released from the UFC in 2021, following which he went on to make his professional boxing debut against Jake Paul that he lost.
Tyron Woodley started his combat sports journey as an amateur wrestler during his high school days, where He won the Missouri 4A Men's State Championship at the 160lbs category in 2000. Tyron continued wrestling in college and went on to become a two-time All-American.
Woodley made his Amateur MMA debut in 2006 at Shooto-Proving Ground against Alex Carter. He won the fight via first-round rear-naked choke and then went on to win his next fight against William Dale at MMA - Genesis 3 before turning pro in 2009.
He made his professional debut against Steve Schnider at Headhunter Productions: The Patriot Act 1. He won the fight via first-round TKO (submission go punches) and then won his bout against Jeff Carstens at Respect Is Earned: Brotherly Love Brawl in the first round via rear-naked choke. After this fight, he signed with Strikeforce in 2009.
Woodley won his Strikeforce debut against Sal Woods at Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields. He built on this momentum and went on to win his next 7-fights in the promotion before getting a title shot at the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship against Nate Marquardt at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy. Woodley lost the fight in the fourth round via KO (elbows and punches). Woodley joined the UFC after this loss.
Tyron Woodley UFC
Tyron Woodley made his UFC debut in 2013 at UFC 156 against Jay Hieron. He won the fight via KO (punches) in the first round. He then lost his next fight to Jake Shields at UFC 161 via split decision. Woodley bounced back and defeated Josh Koscheck and Carlos Condit before losing to Rory MacDonald at UFC 171 via unanimous decision.
Woodley then defeated Dong Hyun Kim via TKO(punches). He then fought Kelvin Gastelum at Catchweight and defeated him via split decision.
Woodley was then awarded a title shot at the UFC Welterweight Championship held by Robbie Lawler. He defeated Lawler in the first round via KO(punches( and became the new UFC Welterweight Champion.
He made his first title defense against Stephen Thompson at UFC 205. The fight was a majority draw on the judges' scorecard due, to which Woodley rematched Thompson again at UFC 209. This time Woodley would secure the win with a majority decision.
Tyron then successfully defended the title against Demian Maia at UFC 214 and Darren Till at UFC 228 before fighting against Kamaru Usman at UFC 235. Woodley lost the title via unanimous decision.
Tyron then lost his next 3-fights against Gilbert Burns, Colby Covington, and Vicente Luque. UFC released him after the Luque defeat.
Tyron Woodley vs Kamaru Usman
Tyron Woodley fought Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 for the UFC Welterweight Championship. Usman dominated Woodley throughout the fight as he managed to take him down inside the first 10 seconds of the fight.
Woodley was outclassed in the wrestling as Usman controlled him for more than 18 minutes. Woodley was also unable to match in striking, as Usman was able to land 336 out of 390 attempted strikes while Woodley only managed to land 60 strikes in the entire fight. Usman won the bout via unanimous decision, ending Woodley's 2-year long title run.
Tyron Woodley vs Vicente Luque
Tyron Woodley fought Vicente Luque at UFC 260. Tyron took the initiative in the bout as he got Luque in a clinch and landed some early strikes before Luque struck back with a counter overhand right and followed it up with some punches and knee. Luque then got Woodley to the ground and secured a D'Arce Choke causing Tyron to submit and lose the bout. The UFC released Woodley after this loss.
Tyron Woodley vs Jake Paul
Tyron Woodley fought Jake Paul in a boxing match at the Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley PPV. The bout was back-and-forth as Woodley landed more power shots(41-35) but got outworked in terms of jabs (11-35) and body shots(22 - 6). Tyron almost scored a knockdown in the fourth round as he rocked Paul and had him on the ropes. Woodley did not push on the rocked Paul and lost the match on the judges' scorecard via split as Paul recovered from the 4th round and outworked Woodley in the later rounds.
Tyron Woodley Career Stats
Tyron's current record stands at 19-7-1. He is currently a free agent and has ventured into professional boxing.
Wins by KO/TKO:
Wins by Submission:
Wins by Decision:
74 in (188cm)
170 lb / 77 kg
Tyron Woodley Last Fight
Tyron Woodley's last fight was a boxing match against Jake Paul at Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley PPV event on 29th August 2021. Woodley lost the match via split decision.
Tyron Woodley Record
Below is the professional boxing and MMA record of Tyron Woodley: