When it was announced that Johny Hendricks would be fighting Robbie Lawler for the vacant UFC welterweight title at UFC 171, many thought that number two-ranked Carlos Condit had received the slight.
Even though he was still busy discussing former champion Georges St. Pierre’s decision to leave the sport, UFC president Dana White was quick to say that “he had something else planned” for Condit.
And tonight that “something else” has been named.
After texting White countless times and campaigning for the bout on twitter, Tyron Woodley has been signed to fight “The Natural Born Killer” at UFC 171. The bout will most likely be a title eliminator with the winner facing the titleholder down the line.
Despite initially turning Woodley down, White spoke up about his enthusiasm for his go-getter attitude:
“If Tyron Woodley texts me one more time. The guy can’t text me enough. I mean, I’m not kidding you. I’m not being a promoter here. He must’ve texted me 15 times a day, and then when this thing with Georges St-Pierre went down, boom! He wants every fight. There are guys like (Woodley) that are out there. Those are the guys I want to deal with. Those are the guys I want to hear from. I love Tyron Woodley. I love it.” – via MMA Junkie
Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger expressed his voice his support for the fight, but ultimately it was Woodley who earned the nod. “T-Wood” was last seen dismantling Josh Koscheck with a first round knockout at UFC 167.
Condit destroyed Martin Kampmann with a come-from-behind technical knockout at UFC Fight Night 27 in August. Prior to that he had lost two straight to the best of the best in St. Pierre and Hendricks.
Slated to go down on March 15 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, UFC 171 will undoubtedly be a showcase event for the elite welterweight talent in the Octagon. Here’s a rundown of the blockbuster card so far:
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
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