Tyron Woodley is set to make his return to mixed martial arts (MMA) to face Leon Edwards in the main event of UFC Fight Night 171 on March 21, 2020, in London, England. For Woodley, it’s the first stop on his wrecking shop tour, vowing to make the Welterweight division great again since it’s been “corny” for some time now.
“This fucking division is getting so corny, and it’s starting to irk me so bad,” Woodley said on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show. “I just really need to come back and try to fuck everyone up.”
Woodley hasn’t competed since losing his 170-pound strap to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 last year. And while he still isn’t guaranteed a title shot with a win over Edwards, getting the belt back is still the endgame.
As he looks at the layout of the division, Woodley has a very unique perspective of just what it looks like and who he is eyeing in the future.
“Who makes the most money in our sport? Not the world champion Kamaru Usman,” he added. “[Jorge] Masvidal, he’s finally making his paydays. He’s at the top of the list now. So [are] the Diaz brothers, so is Conor McGregor. Some of these people have never had a belt. Cowboy Cerrone just earned a big payday, never been remotely close to a world title in the UFC,” Woodley said.
While he was hesitant to face Edwards, Woodley explains why fighting certain guys just isn’t as alluring as others.
“A Leon Edwards, a Kamaru Usman, a Colby Covington,” he said. “None of those guys are going to make me that much more of a great than a Carlos Condit, a Robbie Lawler, than a Josh Koscheck, than a Dong Hyun Kim.
“People that are going to put my name into the record books are the people I’ve already defeated,” he continued. “This shit is just personal now.”
With Usman and Masvidal now booked to tango in a championship bout later this year, a dominant performance over Edwards could get Woodley back to the promised land sooner, rather than later.