At UFC 201, the UFC Welterweight title changed hands. Tyron Woodley starched a tough Robbie Lawler with a lunging right hand to get the UFC gold wrapped around his waist. Woodley is known for his ability to cover distance fast for devastating strikes and powerful takedowns–making his opponents think, making them uncomfortable. This ability of being unpredictable allowed him to feint Lawler into dropping his hands for that one big punch heard around the world at UFC 201. This is one thing that makes Woodley very dangerous for anyone in the UFC Welterweight division. Watch the replay here.
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Is his championship reign going to last longer? That?s a very pertinent question as of this time as the Welterweight division is getting more stacked, not just with champion-calibre contenders but with possibly returning superstars.
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No. 1 contender Stephen Thompson seems to be the logical next fight for Woodley and Thompson has been on a tear lately scoring seven straight wins under the UFC banner. These wins include the starching of Robert Whittaker, Jake Ellenberger and former champion Johny Hendricks. Thompson?s last outing was a dominant win over top contender Rory MacDonald–someone who owns a win over Woodley. Woodley had only two straight wins leading to his title fight against Lawler.
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??There are also talks about the return of future hall of famer, Georges St-Pierre. This could be a ?logical? choice for Woodley if a business-first approach is taken first. This is a guaranteed big payday as GSP has been and (likely) would always be a big PPV draw. Woodley, as reported by MMA Fighting, has called out GSP after the win.
Not only does Woodley want Nick Diaz next, he wants to fight him at UFC 202. In 21 days.
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Another superstar and a guaranteed big draw would be Nick Diaz. Woodley knows that Diaz will be out of suspension after a couple of days. Diaz was suspended for 18 months by the Nevada Athletic Commission after he tested positive for marijuana the third time. He is eligible to fight in August this year and a healthy Woodley would like to give this fight a go at UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 where Nick?s little brother Nate is headlining. This makes great business sense for Woodley as the Diaz brothers and Conor McGregor are big PPV draws.
There is also this dark horse in the welterweight division in Demian Maia. He is on a five-fight win streak with impressive wins over Neil Magny, Gunnar Nelson and Matt Brown. Maia is a formidable threat on the ground and could submit anyone in the division. He is widely-regarded as one of the best pure grapplers to transition successfully in MMA. He is slated to take on Carlos Condit at UFC on Fox 21 on August 27. If he wins this, he could make a case to challenge for the title as well.
So, who do you think will challenge for Woodley?s title? Stephen Thompson? Demian Maia? GSP or Nick Diaz? Should Robbie Lawler get an immediate rematch? Leave your thoughts below.