All the hype that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) built up around Darren Till wasn’t able to protect him from Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 228. Woodley looked calm and relaxed as he coasted to an easy second round submission win, locking up a D’arce choke and forcing Till to tap before he managed to get off a single good strike (watch the finish here).
That led to media at the post-fight press conference questioning whether we could see “The Chosen One” back in the cage soon ... possibly even at Madison Square Garden’s UFC 230, which is still lacking a main event?
”I think I can deal with that,” Woodley said. “What is it? November what? November 3rd? Yeah, I can do that. I can fight in November. They don’t have a main event? Where my manager at? What?” he joked. “Lemme say this: I’m here to stay, it’s the Woodleyweight division ... I want to stay as active as possible. If November’s a date where they need a main event, I think they got their guy.”
And while Dana White has made it clear going into the weekend that the winner of Woodley vs. Till would face Colby Covington, Tyron clearly wasn’t interested in letting the guy get much Oxygen during his victory lap.
”Is this the dude that needs the Claritin? Desertex?” Woodley asked when Covington came up.
”This guy had his chance,” he continued. “He let Darren Till go out there and take his whooping for him. He tried to pause and tried to wait for a bigger pay-per-view, because his eyes got big. My thing is, I’m gonna fight anybody. I’m the best in the world, anybody they put in front of me, they’re gonna get beat up. If it’s Colby Covington, if it’s Usman, if it’s Robert Whittaker. Whoever they want me to fight, we’re gonna do it.”
”What needs to happen, is they’re gonna call my management, put in an offer for a fight. If it makes sense for me, it’s gonna happen. So I’m not saying I am gonna fight him, because I don’t feel like he deserves my platform right now. He had his chance to be here. He bitched out, if you want to be honestly frank. He talked all this crap and when he got in the hot seat, the second he won that belt I said let’s come get this smoke. He got quiet. Instagram accounts got taken down for a brief moment and he didn’t say nothing.”
“So I think it’s an embarrassment to the sport,” Woodley concluded. “And if that’s the next person that’s gotta get the work, you don’t have to do much to get me up for that fight. So we’ll see.” I’ll talk to my manager. They’re gonna call next week. They already know what they want to do so you guys will hear pretty soon.”