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Tyron Woodley offers Conor McGregor welterweight title fight in Dublin

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After he had a couple of separate run-ins with Conor McGregor behind the scenes of UFC 205 last month in New York, Tyron Woodley kept his cool, opting to take the high road, seeing as how he had his first title defense against Stephen Thompson a few days away.

Times have changed.

Now, "The Chosen One" is free to shift his focus on the mouthy Irishman, as he says if McGregor is really interested in trying to see how he fares against him inside the Octagon, he would be more than happy to fly to Ireland to make it happen.

"I try not to take myself back to those dark areas, I try to stay sophisticated, stay professional but a few people can take you out of that element and bring that Ferguson back out of you and he almost did it," Woodley said recently.

"But I had to keep my eyes on the prize, defend my strap in a 'Fight of the Night' performance at UFC 205. So if you want to get in there with a lion and get your head bit off and have me spewing your blood all over the Octagon while you've got that goofy tiger tattoo on your chest, looking like a clown with a clown on your chest, we can do it. We can do it in Ireland, Dublin, we can do it in the back of White Castle, I don't care," proclaimed Tyron.

"But just know, I ain't that guy. I don't like to try and act overly hood or overly ghetto, a million hood stripes, but where I'm from you don't call me a bitch, number one. Number two, you don't fake like you're about that life. If you want to scrap, if you want to make this money, let's do it. If you don't, shut your mouth. Just do your thing."

Currently, "Notorious" is enjoying a much-deserved break following his historic win in "The Big Apple." That said, he could be returning once the holidays are over, which means if he wants it at 170 pounds, he can get it, according to "The Chosen One."

Of course, it’s fully expected that Stephen Thompson will get another chance to try and dethrone Woodley in 2017 after they fought to a majority draw, also at UFC 205.

Then again, should McGregor decide he wants to try to break the record books -- then toss them into the deep blue sea never to resurface -- by trying to become the only man to ever become a three-division champion in mixed martial arts (MMA), then you can bet your bottom dollar Dana White and Co. will likely let it happen.

Perks of being the biggest star in the sport today.

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