The former champion would like a chance to regain the welterweight gold if he is victorious at UFC Fight Night Minneapolis.
“I don’t feel like I should have had to have a path [back to the belt],” Woodley said at the UFC Fight Night Minneapolis open workouts (via Myron Medcalf of ESPN). “I feel like I should have been able to fight [for a title shot]. The fact that I defended my belt [five times] against true No. 1 contenders -- I’m not crying over spilled milk. I know my path is going to be different. I’m not going to fight two or three fights. I’m going to fight Robbie, and then I’m fighting for the title.”
Woodley and Lawler met for the first time at UFC 201 in July of 2016, with Woodley scoring a first round knockout win to secure the UFC Welterweight Title.
UFC Fight Night Minneapolis takes place on Saturday, June 29 from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota with Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on ESPN+.