UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley hasn’t been seen in the Octagon since defeating Demian Maia by decision at UFC 214.
The champion says that the winner of the upcoming UFC 217 main event between Michael Bisping and Georges St. Pierre is going to be his next opponent.
“I think my next opponent is going to be the winner of Bisping and Georges St-Pierre,” Woodley said on The Anik and Florian Podcast. “I think that’s my next fight. Victorious in that fight, I think you see me move up to a different weight class.”
Woodley has competed as a welterweight for his entire UFC run and it is unknown which weight class the potential fight against the UFC 217 main event winner is going to be at.
Fans haven’t been too thrilled with Woodley’s last few fights in the UFC and Woodley believes people need a reminder on what he has accomplished.
“People have short term memories on what my resume is, and my finishing ability. I have 18 victories, 11 of those were finishes, 9 of those in the first round,” he said. “Sometimes when you’re fighting the actual number 1 contenders — which very few champions are doing this day and age — you’re fighting the Stephen Thompsons, the Demian Maias, these fights aren’t going to be blowouts. Sometimes it’s the 4th quarter field goal that wins the fight. Sometimes it’s the grind, and sometimes it comes down to the last straw. It’s like bowling. Everything is not a strike, you’ve got to be able to catch a spare in there.”
Despite what the welterweight champion is claiming, the UFC has yet to comment on what his next move may actually be.