I think I might be in agreement with Senator John McCain in that I have no interest in watching human cock-fighting.
Fortunately undefeated Strikeforce welterweight contender Tyron Woodley doesn't either, which is why he refuses to "fight Paul Daley's fight" when they face off at this Saturday's (July 30) Strikeforce event on Showtime.
The winner of this pivotal divisional match up, which emanates from the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, will likely earn the opportunity to challenge for the vacant welterweight belt now that former champion Nick Diaz has relinquished his strap and bolted for the Octagon to challenge UFC 170-pound kingpin Georges St. Pierre in October.
Woodley (8-0) is a former NCAA Division I All-American wrestler out of the University of Missouri and has finished six of his eight victims including five by way of submission. On paper, it's a classic grappler vs. striker match-up, one that "T-Wood" plans to exploit to the fullest come fight night.
And that gameplan, as he explains to Heavy.com, does not include a "cock-fest:"
"I'm going out there to win this fight. I'm going to dominate. I think the fans deserve to see me on all cylinders, and I'm training to go out there and run through him like a Mack truck. Whether it's striking, submit him, take him down; 15 minutes of me just putting myself through hell to get the victory at the end is what I'm going for. I'm not going to fight Paul Daley's fight. You have to realize that when you compete — when the stakes are this high — you have to go out there and pick apart your opponent. You have to be able to dominate, you have to be able to endure, you have to be able to press through. He calls out all these strikers, all these guys that are going to sit in front of him banging, having a cock-fest. For me, I'm going out there to win this fight. I'm going to dominate."
For Daley, who received a lifetime ban from UFC President Dana White for sucker-punching Josh Koscheck after their fight ended in 2010, this may be his final chance to compete for a major world title.
"Semtex" fell short in his bid to usurp the throne from Diaz in perhaps the most thrilling, back-and-forth first round in modern mixed martial arts (MMA) history back in April, but could be just one fight away from getting a second bite at the apple.
He just has to find a way to stop Woodley to do it.
Tyron Woodley vs. Paul Daley at Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Henderson" on July 30.
Who ya got?