Tyron Woodley recently said that great performances inside the Octagon are what truly proves who is deserving of an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title shot, vowing to "outperform" the rest of the top welterweight contenders to earn his much-desired crack at the crown.
And UFC President Dana White, for one, wholeheartedly agrees.
After White caught wind of Woodley's recent comments that UFC needed to be more consistent when handing out title shots to people who truly deserve them, White had this to say in response, via UFC's "The Download."
Check it out:
"It's not that anybody can get a title shot or rematch ... the Lawler-Hendricks fight was so close. Everybody thinks Woodley gasses out after the first round. This is Tyron's shot right here. Nobody is beating down the doors after Tyron's last two performances for him to get a title shot. He's explosive and exciting, but there are question marks there. This kid MacDonald has the exact style to tire him out and make him gas out. We'll see. Woodley ... half the time he has a killer instinct and goes out there and destroys people, and half the time he doesn't. He's a 50/50 guy. MacDonald is the same thing. It's a big fight for both these guys. Woodley has to go out and make people want to see him in a title fight. This is his big opportunity. So let's see it. Go out and deliver this weekend and make people talk about you and see you in a title fight."
Of course, this all stems after "The Chosen One's" title hopes and "promises" were somewhat dashed by Dana White after the Las Vegas fight boss labeled the upcoming Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Brown UFC on FOX 12 scrap the true No. 1 contender's fight in the welterweight division.
This, after Woodley was led to believe his bout against Rory MacDonald, which goes down this weekend (Sat., June 14, 2014) at UFC 174 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, was supposed to determine who gets next crack at division kingpin Johny Hendricks.
His previous two victories over Josh Koscheck and Carlos Condit have certainly solidified Tyrone as a title worthy contender. But most didn't take issue with Dana's announcement that Brown, owner of a seven-fight win streak or Lawler, the man who recently knocked out Jake Ellenberger and had a close title fight against Johny Hendricks, would skip over him in the title race.
With the 170-pound division all of a sudden getting crowded with top contenders, it truly has become one of the most competitive weight classes in all of mixed martial arts (MMA). But if Woodley wants to earn his much-coveted championship fight, all he has to do is wow fight fans and pick up a win at UFC 174 against another man who also believes he is long overdue for a title bout.
Of course, White didn't clarify whether or not Tyron's title shot would come before or after the winner of Brown vs. Lawler.
Therein lies that inconsistency Woodley was referring to.