Competing in the co-main event of UFC 192 will be the #3 ranked UFC welterweight Tyron Woodley (15-3). He will be fighting for an opportunity at the UFC Welterweight Championship although many think he could already be fighting for the title. Tyron doesn’t care and doesn’t feel like he was shafted in the placement order whatsoever.
“Anybody that says it is a complete idiot, number one. Number two, I don’t feel like I was next in line for a title shot so I don’t feel looked over at all,” Woodley said during a conference call to promote UFC 192. “Many people thought Johny won that fight [against Lawler at UFC 181] and they thought that he’s the No. 1 guy in the world. So this is like a three-round title fight to me mentally. So I’m taking it very seriously.
“I’m excited about the fight. I’m excited about the matchup. Just to his defense, I would kind of be pissed myself,” Woodley continued. “So I think it’s showing maturity that he can move forward and have the level of focus on fighting me and not be so much worried about Robbie and Carlos Condit, especially since he’s had a victory over Carlos and I’ve had a victory over Carlos. Sometimes things just play differently.”
While the victor of Saturday’s pivotal welterweight clash would seem to be well positioned to challenge the Lawler-Condit winner, Woodley isn’t going to allow himself to think that far ahead.
“…The goal is to focus on the person in front of you. You go out there, handle business and then whatever happens after that is going to happen,” he said. Whether I get a title shot or not is not going to solely depend on what happens Oct. 3. There are so many different variables that go into that.”
“Like when did this sport become that such and such an entertainment deal where you can’t just win? You have to win by jumping off the cage or doing the percolator in the middle of the Octagon and finishing a fight that way to get a title shot,” Woodley said. “I think a victory over these top guys — none of these guys want to lose. None of these guys want to be finished. So to be able to finish a high-level opponent is not easy. I don’t want to be finished.
“So with that said, my focus is on doing what I’m able to do and maximizing and that’s really it. I don’t plan on sprinkling any extra fairy dust in the air and doing no razzle dazzle that I don’t have to do [other than] just going out there and fighting a very tough opponent.”