UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley fought Stephen Thompson at UFC 205 and he held onto the title via a majority draw. Now the welterweight champion has another opponent he would like to defend the gold against -- current UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor. Woodley is even willing to take the fight in Ireland.
"If him and his coach John Kavanagh and everybody think that Conor can do well against me and they gas this dude up - you know, he's a dope fighter but there's levels to this. When you start going up, it's like me going up to 205 and challenging guys at that weight. When you come up to this weight brother, it's real power, it's real people that will put real hands on you, that'll put you down to the canvas and you will not get up unless I let you up. So if you want to get in there with a lion and get your head bit off and have me spewing your blood all over the octagon while you've got that goofy tiger tattoo on your chest, looking like a clown with a clown on your chest, we can do it. We can do it in Ireland, Dublin, we can do it in the back of White Castle, I don't care. But just know, I ain't that guy. I don't like to try and act overly hood or overly ghetto, a million hood stripes, but where I'm from you don't call me a bitch, number one. Number two, you don't fake like you're about that life. If you want to scrap, if you want to make this money, let's do it. If you don't, shut your mouth. Just do your thing,” Woodley told Ariel Helwani.
Woodley and McGregor have come face to face before, but Woodley isn’t too impressed with what the Irishman is bringing to the table.
"When he got in my face and I looked at him I said, 'what's up?' At that moment he realized I ain't that dude. I'm really about that life. I'm really from that life. My family is from that life. I'm actually one of the sharper tools in the box that haven't been in the streets like that but I have family members, close loved ones, that that's all they know. So I've been around that a lot and I try not to take myself back to those dark areas, I try to stay sophisticated, stay professional but a few people can take you out of that element and bring that Ferguson back out of you and he almost did it. But I had to keep my eyes on the prize, defend my strap in a Fight of the Night performance at UFC 205. Now that we got that done - that's off the table - if Conor want it he can get it. He knows how to get in touch with Dana [White, UFC President], he knows how to get the contract set, and he really don't want to fight. I'm not saying he should want to fight because I'm not a little dude. I ain't Nate Diaz. Nate Diaz is not a welterweight. He did not do well at welterweight because he was undersized and these dudes are real gorillas in this weight class,” said Woodley.
McGregor isn’t expected to compete until at least May due to the impending birth of his first child, he last competed at UFC 205, where he defeated Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC Lightweight Title.