What's the best way to celebrate the accomplishments of newly-crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley? Shame him publicly on social media, of course, by promoting a "huge Middleweight bout" on an upcoming "Prelims" undercard that is anything but its exaggerated billing.
Seriously? There is nothing that can possibly be gained by promoting a meaningless -- definitely "not huge" -- undercard match between Nate Marquardt vs. Tamdan McCrory, which will take place at UFC Fight Night 96 at Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, on Oct. 1, 2016, at the expense of "Chosen One." It's a needless, idiotic promotional tactic, one that is hopefully chalked up to an awful mistake.
@UFCFightPass wow really? Show what I did 2 Koscheck, Condit, Kim, Lawler, Daley, Hieron. The disrespect! Also tell about the TRT exemption— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) September 21, 2016
Yes, Woodley did lose to Marquardt via fourth round knockout when the 170-pound standouts collided for the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight championship. But, that really has nothing to do with Marquardt -- who has lost six of his last eight matches inside the Octagon -- fighting a "Barncat" in the pacific northwest early next month. It's perhaps a fun fight, but nothing more -- it has zero implications on anything.
Show the highlight -- it was a great finish -- but there are nine others throughout his career to choose from, including another 16 submissions. Marquardt is also a former 185-pound title challenger, which would seemingly be a little more significant than stopping Woodley four years ago ... in a different promotion.
Woodley, meanwhile, will defend his title opposite "Wonderboy" Stephen Thompson at UFC 205 on Nov. 12, 2016, live on pay-per-view (PPV) from Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. It's a monster -- an historical -- event for the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) league, which will likely trot out an incredible line up of stars and match ups to impress the "Empire State" with its debut event.
But, not before senselessly chopping down Woodley and adding more fuel to the fire.