Damian Maia defeated Jorge Masvidal at UFC 211, then was told by UFC President Dana White that he would be getting the next shot at the UFC Welterweight Title.
Tyron Woodley’s the current UFC Welterweight Champion and he has a warning for his upcoming challenger.
“As we say at Roufusport at the end of practice, ‘They think they want some, but they don’t really want none,'” Woodley said on the UFC 211 post-fight show. “You guys have to recognize I have the highest takedown defense in the entire welterweight division, (and) second overall in the UFC. I’ve fought the Andre Galvaos of the world and I’ve also fought the Jake Shields. He’ll have to pack a lunch if he thinks he’s going to jump on my back like that and take me down like he did Jorge Masvidal and Carlos Condit.”
A date for the bout has yet to be set, but Woodley previously stated that he’d be defending the belt this July.
Even the challenger in Maia feels that the fight with Woodley is long overdue.
“I feel, Tyron, now it’s time for us to meet,” Maia said. “Before it was postponed a lot when you fought ‘Wonderboy’ (Thompson), and then you fought ‘Wonderboy’ again. Now I’m ready, and I hope you give me the chance. Thanks.”
Woodley is going to be making the third defense of his title, while Maia has never challenged for the welterweight title before.