Tyron Woodley is about to face the biggest challenge of his career as he goes up against #2 ranked welterweight Carlos Condit in the UFC 171 co-main event.
Condit was originally set to face #8 ranked Matt Brown, but Brown was forced to withdraw with an injury. UFC president Dana White offered Nick Diaz the fight, but he turned it down.
After literally dozens of text messages, White finally agreed to let Tyron Woodley step in to replace Brown, despite the fact that Woodley is not yet ranked in the top 10.
Despite this, Woodley is a force to be reckoned with. He may only be 2-1 in the UFC, but he holds wins over Josh Koscheck and Jay Hieron, as well as a Strikeforce victory over #10 ranked welterweight Tarec Saffiedine. He is now 12-2 in his MMA career.
Condit meanwhile is coming off of a win against Martin Kampmann, snapping a two fight losing streak to Johny Hendricks and Georges St-Pierre. The former WEC and interim UFC champion is 29-7 overall.
UFC 171 will take place on March 15 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Headlining the event will be a championship fight for the vacant welterweight title between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler.
The current card is as follows:
• Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler
• Carlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley
• Hector Lombard vs. Jake Shields
• Myles Jury vs. Diego Sanchez
• Ovince St. Preux vs. Thiago Silva
• Robert McDaniel vs. Tor Troeng
• Alex Garcia vs. Sean Spencer
• Will Campuzano vs. Darrell Montague