Fighting Conor McGregor is a lose-lose proposition for Tyron Woodley.
A win over the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and newly-crowned lightweight champion — who previously teased a run at a third title — and most mixed martial arts (MMA) fans will yawn.
Congrats dude, you just whooped a featherweight.
But a loss would be career suicide, for exactly the same reason. So, outside of a monster payday, also known as red-panty night, Woodley sees no upside to a “Notorious” showdown.
“He’s tall, he has long arms, he has good timing, and when you’ve got good timing like that, you can place place good punches. But I’m 100 percent positive he’s never been hit with the shots I’d hit him with. I think it’s good for media, but in general, man, I don’t know how I can win. If I beat him, everyone’s going to say I’m supposed to beat him and that he’s a former featherweight. And if I lose to him, we know what’s going to happen there. If he wants to fight, we can sign it right now. I’m good on the fight. I just don’t think it’s a good idea for him to fight me.”
In other words, he doesn’t want to get Fedor’d.
Working against this already-brewing super fight is the fact that Stephen Thompson is expected to get a second crack at “The Chosen One” following their majority draw (video) at UFC 205 last Saturday night (Nov. 12) in New York.
The same event where McGregor captured the 155-pound crown (watch it).
In addition, “Notorious” is taking a paternity leave to tend to his family obligations, so any talk of a welterweight title run is expected to be tabled for the time being. Not that we should let that stop us from speculating.
Woodley vs. McGregor ... who ya’ got?