Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE
Strikeforce import Tyron Woodley had a smashing debut (literally) at UFC 156 last weekend when he knocked out Jay Hieron to improve to 11-1 as a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. Now, "The Chosen One" also wants to improve his spot in the 170-pound pecking order, and figures a win over Rory MacDonald is the best way to do it.
Tyron Woodley is a man on a mission.
After securing his first win inside the Octagon, a blistering knockout over Jay Hieron at the UFC 156 pay-per-view (PPV) event last Saturday night (Feb. 2, 2013) in Las Vegas, Nevada, the former Strikeforce welterweight contender is already setting his sights on some of the bigger names at 170 pounds.
"The Chosen One" explains his reasoning on Sherdog's Beatdown Radio Show:
"I want to fight [Rory MacDonald]. If anything happens with Carlos Condit, God forbid, or something happens with that fight, I already told Dana White. Nobody's calling him out for a reason, because he's freaking unreal. But if you wait, you think he's going to stop getting better? In two years, this kid's probably going to be one of the best fighters in the game. I'd rather knock his butt off now like I knocked off [Tarec Saffiedine's] just before he got the Strikeforce gold. Everybody's been Tweeting about [Demian Maia]. I don't mind the fight. If he fights me the way he fought Fitch, then it's not that dangerous of a fight. He just took him down and jumped on his back. I think Demian Maia's tough. He just didn't really impress me very much. I think if you match us up, it's going to be a boring fight and we're both going to get hella flak. I would rather fight [Nick] Diaz, Rory MacDonald, Condit. I would rather fight one of those guys, to be honest. They're going to bring out the fight. They're going to make me fight harder."
Maia, a former middleweight number one contender, is now 3-0 at 170 pounds after toppling Jon Fitch, also at UFC 156 (watch it here), to put himself in prime position to be considered among "the mix" of top welterweight contenders.
Would fighting Woodley be considered a step down?
Alright fantasy matchmakers, let's hear what you have planned for both Woodley and Maia in the second half of 2013.