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Tyron Woodley expects Demian Maia to lose at UFC 211

Tyron Woodley expects Demian Maia to lose at UFC 211

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Current UFC welterweight kingpin Tyron Woodley took time out of his busy schedule to sit down with’s Chris Taylor on a recent episode of Rapid Fire.

“The Chosen One” addressed a number of different topics including a potential scrap with current welterweight top contender Demian Maia.

“Well you know I don’t feel bad for him (Demian Maia), because you know it is like hey we are playing basketball and now the new three-point line is here. We moved it back a little. If you step in front of that line and shoot a shot, then it is only worth two-points. If you notice that line is back there, then step back behind it so you can make a three. He (Maia) understands that in this day of age you have to be marketable. You have to be able to communicate globally. He does have good English. You know another good example of this is Gegard Mousasi, and you heard his UFC 210 post-fight conference. I have a feeling some fans are going to want to jump on board with him after that. He let some frustration out and really let people know how he really feels.”

Tyron Woodley Stephen Thompson 209

Tyron Woodley believes Demian Maia should have got the nod for a title opportunity at last month’s UFC 209 event, where he instead had a rematch against Stephen Thompson. With that said, “The Chosen One” doesn’t expect that the Brazilian submission specialist will hold on to his top contender spot after fighting Jorge Masvidal at UFC 211.

“So it is unfortunate for Demian Maia because as per the old rule work, you know the pure sport, he is the most deserving of a title shot. He was more deserving of a title shot against me than Stephen Wonderboy (Thompson) was for a repeat (UFC 209). Now look at him. He is matched up against a guy who just recently came to the welterweight division. This is a guy (Jorge Masvidal) who had a decent, but not exceptional career in the UFC’s lightweight division that is a nightmare match-up for him. I honestly don’t see how he is going to pull this win out against Jorge Masvidal. Masvidal has some of the best boxing in mixed martial arts. He is probably one of the top three boxers in all of the UFC right now. Plus he is hard to takedown. And now, with not having to cut as much weight, he is very fast and super sharp. So if Demian Maia can’t take Jorge down, how is he going to defeat him? So with that said I am not planning to fight Maia, because my gut tells me he is about to lose his place in line.”

Taylor asked Woodley, who is targeting to return at UFC 213 on July 8 in Las Vegas, if he would be willing to fight Jorge next, this if Masvidal proves victorious against Demain Maia at next month’s UFC 2111 event in Dallas, Texas.

“Well then now you would have a guy (Masvidal) who is new to the division. That obviously would have a couple of good wins. Does he get a title shot? Well he is just basically playing interception. At that rate, you know, me and Jorge are cool man. I’ve had him on my show. I think very highly of Jorge Masvidal. I know the skills he possesses. I have seen him in the gym. To be honest, he has been on the bad end of so many split-decisions. There has to be at least five of those (split-decisions) where most people felt that he won those fights. Al Iaquinta for example. So his record is not something I would look at. I know how good of a fighter he is. The things is, and it is not all about followers and that, but he just recently decided that he is going to show his character, this new image. You know the lifestyle of Jorge Masvidal. But when you look at his followers, he has thirty-five thousand on Twitter. For whatever reason, that seems to mean something to the UFC now. I’m trying to build my brand and build my base. So I want to fight someone who is going to help build me up. With that said I would never deny a fighter, especially Jorge, a chance to change his family’s life. But also, I am not going to deny myself a chance at a crazy payday that changes my life and my family’s life. I feel that me and Masvidal would be cool if we fought. Like share a joint after party following the event. We will see what happens.”

Do you think that Jorge Masvidal can upset Demian Maia at next month’s UFC 211 event in Dallas, Texas?

Tyron Woodley targets July return, has two opponents in mind

Tyron Woodley targets July return, has two opponents in mind

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley scored a majority decision victory over Stephen Thompson at last month’s UFC 209 event in Las Vegas, thus retaining his 170-pound strap.

“The Chosen One” took some time out of his busy schedule today to appear on’s Rapid Fire segment with host Chris Taylor where he discussed the timeline for his next octagon appearance.

“I’ve got another movie that I am doing. I will do that one and then I am going to have to start turning down things because my gut tells me that I will fighting again in July.”

Taylor asked Woodley if he was hoping to return to the octagon at UFC 213 which takes place July 8 during International Fight Week in Las Vegas.

“Yea for sure. You know the UFC doesn’t have that many stars. They have a lot of great fighters, but as far as actual stars there is not very many of them in the UFC. So with that said, I think that I am one of the guys that is right on the cusp of breaking through and becoming that star. And I think the UFC will put their heavy hitters on that card (UFC 213). I don’t know exactly what they (the UFC) have planned but I talked to Dana (White) not to long ago and he asked me when I want to fight and I told him that I want to fight then (July 8). So with that said, I think that is going to be a go. That is what we are shooting for.”

Woodley discussed the potential opponents for his next fight and whether or not his next fight will involve defending his welterweight strap.

“An opponent is not really defined. There is some welterweight bouts going on, but man it is a crazy sport right now. I don’t really feel confined to just fighting the number one contender. I am not going to be the only weight class in the UFC that has to stay true to that old rule set. When everyone is showing us that, you know, that the game is really wide open for giving the fans the fights they want to see.”

Taylor asked which opponents, if any, Woodley was eyeing for his next fight.

“You know UFC 205 was a huge pay-per-view event for me. Why would I not try and produce a fight with (Michael) Bisping or Nick or Nate Diaz, Georges St-Pierre and Conor McGregor. Those guys are my first options right now.”

Tyron Woodley Nick Diaz

Woodley clarified that he is not worried about “money fights” but instead cementing his legacy as the greatest welterweight of all time. If he gets rich by doing so, that is just an added bonus.

“This is the thing. I am not just going for money fights. A lot of guys are going for money fights. A lot of guys want to fight the best 1 or 2 to prove they are the best in the world. And maybe some guys who aren’t champions are just trying to get the right fights to get to the belt. That is all it is. I am at the belt. I am at a point where I am greedy man. I want the fight that is going to cement me as the legend, the greatest of all time. There is two guys right now, where if I could beat those two guys I am then the greatest welterweight of all time. If I can beat Nick Diaz. If I can beat Georges St-Pierre, then nobody can say I am not the best welterweight fighter to ever step in the octagon. It would make me better than Georges (St-Pierre), better than Matt Hughes. I would be the best of all time. So those two fights just so happen to also be potentially huge pay-per-view fights. So obviously those are my number one options.”

He continued:

“Nick Diaz knows that I respect him. More importantly I respect how he was in the sport when the money wasn’t the same. You know he hasn’t gotten that big payday like his baby brother (Nate Diaz) yet. I personally think he deserves that. You know he has had those crazy fights. Had the concussions. Had the cuts on his eyes. Fought so many times. Three or four fights a year usually. He helped build this sport. So at the end of the day I feel like somebody like that (Nick Diaz) should be rewarded for those previous fights and have a chance to make a big pay-per-view payday. As for Georges St-Pierre, I don’t think he wants to fight me. I don’t think he wants to come back and fight a guy like me. One of the reasons he left (Georges St-Pierre) was because he was worried about concussions. With Bisping he doesn’t have to worry about that as much. With me, he knows I am coming to knock him out. Plus I am very hard to takedown and would probably end up taking him down. So he’s not used to that style of matchup. The only guy who was kind of like me was Johny Hendricks and he made Georges go crawl in a cave for three years.”

Who would you like to see Tyron Woodley fight at UFC 213 on July 8 in Las Vegas?

Tyron Woodley and Michael Bisping agree to 180-pound super fight in May

Tyron Woodley and Michael Bisping agree to 180-pound super fight in May

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping have agreed to fight each other at a catchweight of 180 pounds in May. Yes, you read that sentence correctly.

The two champions crossed paths over the weekend, and for whatever reason, began negotiating the terms of a potential super fight. Their exchange can be seen in the video below, which was posted to the official Instagram account of Michael Bisping.

“Welterweight champ [Tyron Woodley] wants to throw down,” Bisping said. “Calling me out at the weekend. I’m down for whatever so if you wanna do it T-wood. Let’s go.”

Woodley later confirmed that he’s up for this unexpected 180-pound superfight with a post to his Twitter account. See that Tweet below.

Though it’s certainly exciting that the two champs have agreed to this fight, whether or not this fight actually happens will ultimately be decided by the UFC. Given that Woodley has two dangerous contenders in Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia on his plate, and that Bisping has a bout with Yoel Romero on the horizon, it’s possible that the UFC opts to go in a different direction for both men and that their recently negotiated showdown remains in the realm of the hypothetical. Time will tell.

Bisping was last seen in action in October when he scored a hard fought decision victory over MMA legend Dan Henderson, thus retaining the UFC middleweight belt.

Woodley, meanwhile, most recently competed at November’s UFC 205 event in New York, where he battled Stephen Thompson to a majority draw, keeping the welterweight crown as a result.

Who do you think wins this potential 180-pound showdown?


Report | Two massive welterweight fights in the works for March’s UFC 209 event

Report | Two massive welterweight fights in the works for March’s UFC 209 event

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Two massive welterweight rematches are apparently in the works for March’s UFC 209 event in Las Vegas.

Last month following his UFC 205 majority decision draw against welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, top 170-pound contender Stephen Thompson revealed to that a rematch between himself and “The Chosen One’ was already in the works for February or March of 2017.

Well, according to’s Chris Taylor, that welterweight title fight rematch is being slated to headline UFC 209 in Las Vegas on March 4.

In addition to that highly anticipated rematch, Taylor also revealed that former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz is being targeted to return at the event against former UFC welterweight title holder Robbie Lawler.

Nick Diaz (26-9 MMA) has not stepped foot in the octagon since suffering a decision loss to Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC 183 in January 2015. That fight was eventually overturned to a no-contest after “The Spider” tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. In addition, Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites following the bout and was subsequently served an 18-month suspension.

Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva

Meanwhile, Robbie Lawler was last seen in action at July’s UFC 201 in Atlanta, where he suffered a first-round knockout loss to Tyron Woodley surrendering his welterweight title in the process. Prior to the setback, “Ruthless” had won five-straight fights which included victories over former champions Johny Hendricks and Carlos Condit.