Tyron Woodley Says Big Name Fighters Are Avoiding Him


UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley successfully defended the title against Stephen Thompson at UFC 209.

Second title defense behind him, Woodley now believes the biggest fighters in the UFC are avoiding him.

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"Any of those three. And guess what, none of those three want to fight me. Bisping can say what he wants...'Aww man, if you're the best in the world, I'm gonna'...it ain't the same. Styles make fights. Bisping gonna come out. Actually, I think Bisping would get knocked out by Wonderboy. Because Bisping don't...granted, he's very consistent, he comes out hard. When have you seen Bisping fight a stalemate or a bad fight? He's never. That's why he's lost some fights, and that's also why he's won some fights. He would try to come out and fight Wonderboy, rushing him, and he would probably get kicked and knocked out. He would come out and try to fight me like that, and I punch harder than him and I'm the lighter guy,” Woodley said to TMZ.

The champion also focused his attention on a returning Georges St. Pierre, who hasn’t competed in over three years. GSP will be fighting UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping later this year.

"Georges don't want a concussion. That's why he's trying to go to '55, or talking about the personal market value. Bisping was the easiest option for the most money. Now let's be clear. You can try to act like I'm not a big draw all you want. But Johny Hendricks sent you into a three-year coma from fighting because you didn't want to get hit and concussed. He doesn't want to come back and get hit by someone like me, that's been watching him my entire career and that's been ready to fight him,” says Woodley.

Last but not least on Woodley’s list of fighters who are avoiding him is UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor.

McGregor hasn’t competed since winning the lightweight title at UFC 205.

"And we know Conor don't want it, Conor ain't nothing. Conor is now in a position where he would have had to fight somebody real. He would have had to fight me, Tony Ferguson, or Khabib (Nurmagomedov), and he knows we're not good matchups for him. I'm not gonna fall into his antics, talking crap, it's not gonna bother us, and he knew he had to make a choice. So his best option was to take the Floyd fight. Take the help, take the wind with 70 million, and remain a legend in MMA,” says Woodley.

The UFC Welterweight Champion won the gold by defeating Robbie Lawler at UFC 201.

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