After it was announced that Johny Hendricks would face Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC 171 for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight title at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, Carlos Condit was left on the outside looking in.
Condit was originally slated to face Matt Brown at UFC on Fox 9: "Johnson vs. Benavidez 2" at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif., but the bout was scrapped when Brown was forced to withdraw because of an injury. During the pre-fight press conference scrum, UFC President Dana White stated that the promotion would be going in a "new direction" with Condit.
White attempted to put together a rematch with Nick Diaz, but Diaz was said to be uninterested in returning from his "retirement." Diaz and Condit met before at UFC 143 for the UFC Interim Welterweight title at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, which Condit won via unanimous decision.
With most of the 170-pound division currently scheduled with fights, Tyron Woodley got the call to face Condit in Dallas, according to @UFC_UK. Woodley is the former Strikeforce Welterweight champion and currently holds a record of 2-1 in the Octagon. He recently finished Josh Koscheck at UFC 167, which earned him "Knockout of the Night" honors.
The bout will likely have title implications for Condit. If he's able to get passed Woodley, he's probably next in line for a title shot against the winner of Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler, a showdown for the vacant division title that takes place in the main event later that same night. For Woodley, a win over Condit will sky rocket him up the rankings and, most likely, into the Top 5 of the weight class.