Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) appears to be moving forward with its 170-pound division, now that reigning division kingpin Tyron Woodley settled his score with top contender Stephen Thompson.
But don’t expect “Wonderboy” to leave quietly.
Thompson battled “The Chosen One” to a majority draw at UFC 205 back in November, then dropped a controversial decision in their UFC 209 rematch. He knows he can beat Woodley and apparently, so do the fans.
From his conversation with Submission Radio:
"I feel I can go out there and I know I can beat him. I mean just in the last two fights, I know if I put forth just a little bit more effort and actually go out there and just do what I know I can do, just fight, you know, I know I can beat him. I know I can do it. And the fans do too. Of course, you’re out there being cautious, but sometimes you gotta grit your teeth, bite down on that mouthpiece and go. And I didn’t do that in the last fight. And that’s something that I know if I go out there and do, then I’ll ended up winning. But the fight happened twice and I’ll fight who I gotta fight next and we’ll do it again.”
It’s unclear what UFC has planned for Woodley moving forward. The obvious answer would be the winner of this fight; however, we also have returning champion Robbie Lawler getting his next assignment at some point this (or next) month.