Stephen Thompson’s request for a championship fight against newly-crowned Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley was shut down rather hard by "The Chose One."
That’s because Woodley -- who knocked out Robbie Lawler last night (Sat., July 30, 2016) in round one at UFC 201 in Atlanta, Georgia -- is looking forward to "big money" fights against Nick Diaz and Georges St-Pierre. Plus, he didn’t take too kindly to the fact that "Wonderboy" counted him out against Lawler.
For Thompson, he feels he’s more than deserving of the first shot at Woodley’s strap, taking the time during the UFC Post-Fight Show (via MMA Junkie) to lay out his own credentials when compared to those of Woodley’s.
"He’s won (three) in a row. How many have I won? Seven in a row. I’ve cleaned out the division for this guy. Listen, I’ve got more wins under me in a row than he does, I’ve beat the best, I’ve beat the No. 1 (in Johny Hendricks), I’ve beat the No. 2 (in Rory MacDonald) – not just in a five-round fight; (Hendricks) was in the first round. I’m not going to say he’s scared, because I know he’s not scared. He wants that money fight, but I think I’m going to be making more money when I put this foot upside his head. I’m just telling you. It’s going to happen. This is my division, baby. That’s it."
Can’t hide the facts.
Despite his win streak, Woodley is adamant it is his time to get paid against bigger names rather than taking on people who are ranked higher.
Nevertheless, at the end of the day, Joe Silva and Co. have the final word when it comes to making the bouts, so if Thompson keeps lobbying, he could get his wish.
Unless, of course, Georges St-Pierre is down for a New York showdown. Then it’s safe to say the former champion and living legend will likely get his own way.
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