So much for exacting revenge.
Word broke late Friday morning that former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight titleholder Johny Hendricks was pulled from his co-main event scrap at the UFC 192 pay-per-view (PPV) tomorrow night (Oct. 3, 2015) against top contender Tyron Woodley, thanks to a weight-cut gone awry.
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Woodley, who was looking for his third-straight victory, made his thoughts known on the bout that never came to be (via MMAFighting), and is hoping the promotion will reward his efforts, despite not being able to set foot inside the cage on Saturday night.
"I'm frustrated, obviously. I'm always trying to look for the lesson in things and positive signs. I believe things happen for a reason. I'm counting this as a loss for him. You got to make the weight. I'm sitting here at weight, wired, ready to wage war and now I'm not going to get that opportunity. Hopefully, I'm compensated accordingly because this shouldn't be a strike against me. It's almost as if I lost if I just get show money. I could have been knocked out in the first minute and just get show money. I hope and pray I am taken care of because I had a lot of plans for that win money."
The No. 3-ranked welterweight is now left opponent-less after campaigning to face his former college wrestling rival for months. With several of the division's best currently booked for bouts in the coming months, it remains to be seen if "The Chosen One" will get another contender fight before year's end.
"I shouldn't have to fight anyone else, do anything else spectacular ... nothing. I should be next for the title shot now," Woodley said. "It's called professional mixed martial arts for a reason. There should be some level of professionalism involved."
Woodley, who makes a 35-pound cut to the 171-pound required limit for non-title bouts, discussed Hendricks weight-cutting woes and apologized to fans on his Periscope account.
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