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Tyron Woodley won't fight unless it's for UFC title (so don't ask)

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Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White promised top welterweight contender Tyron Woodley he would be next in line for a shot at the 170-pound crown, an offer designed to deaden the pain of getting stranded by Johny Hendricks last month in Houston, Texas.

I'm sure "The Chosen One" has nothing to worry about.

That's probably why he's keeping himself busy on the sidelines and not volunteering for any extra work inside the cage. After all, Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit get crackin' in less than two months (details), so we should expect to see Woodley back in action by early-to-mid 2016.

Barring any injuries, of course.

"Woodley told me he's preserving himself for the welterweight title fight," Ariel Helwani told UFC Tonight. "Right now he's working on some movie projects, and he'll be working on desk for FS1 for UFC 195. That will be well over a year since he fought."

Time off is probably good for his brand.

Woodley (15-3) is coming off back-to-back wins over Dong Hyun Kim and Kelvin Gastelum. Despite a poor showing against Rory MacDonald in mid-2014, the 33-year-old collegiate wrestling standout does hold a technical knockout victory over the aforementioned Condit.

Whether he secures a "Killer" rematch -- or a "Ruthless" title fight -- remains to be seen.