Tyron Woodley beat Robbier Lawler in the main event of UFC 201 on Saturday and that same night appeared on UFC Tonight. #1 contender Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson was on set and asked Woodley about a fight between the pair.
Woodley noted that a fighter’s career is short, and his goal was not a #1 contender fight, but money. He named former UFC welterweight Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz as money fights.
Thompson appeared on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, and was undeterred. He declared he would be fighting Woodley at UFC 205 on November 12, 2016 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, come what may.
“In my head I was like, ‘You are kidding me, right?’” said Thompson, as transcribed by Adam Guillen Jr. forMMAMania. “Yeah, he went out there and he defeated Robbie Lawler, but he took this fight and a lot of people didn’t think he deserved it in the first place, but seconds after winning the title he’s already choosing his fights? I mean come on, who gets that? Who really gets to do that? You are starting to see that a lot more. It’s almost like do the rankings really count?
“I was upset he said that because he knows I’m the number one guy, he knows I’ve been working hard and I’m on a seven-fight win streak. I think you have to defend the title at least once before you can start picking your shots. I’m not saying he’s scared of me, but he just doesn’t want to fight me. He doesn’t want to step in the ring and I don’t know if he thinks it’s a bad match up.
“But, no matter what, I’m fighting Tyron Woodley and it’s going to be at Madison Square Garden. No ifs, ands, or butts, man. Come on UFC, come on Tyron, you got to give it to me, man.”