The UFC welterweight division received a huge shakeup yesterday when longtime champion Georges St. Pierre vacated the belt to focus on his personal life. A title bout was quickly booked between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler to decide the next champion at UFC171 in Dallas on March 15.
And while many felt that former interim champ Carlos Condit should have been in that fight, UFC president Dana White said they had “other plans” for him. White said Condit will most likely fight on the UFC 171 card as well.
“The Natural Born Killer” was supposed to fight Matt Brown on tonight’s UFC on Fox 9 card, but was left looking for a new opponent after “The Immortal” was forced to withdraw with two herniated discs. The fight was still rumored to be possibility for UFC 170 but ultimately Brown was ruled out, leaving an ongoing search for Condit’s next opponent.
It looks like someone is willing to step up to the plate. UFC welterweight contender Tyron Woodley took to Twitter to voice his readiness to face Condit at either UFC 170 or UFC 171:
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) December 13, 2013
Woodley most recently made a statement with a vicious first round knockout of former title challenger Josh Koscheck at UFC 167. He has a rare blend of power, speed, and wrestling ability that makes him a dark horse contender in one of the most stacked divisions in all of MMA.
Condit’s bout at UFC 171 is rumored to be a title eliminator bout, setting the winner up with perfect timing to face the champion next. Does Woodley have the skills to beat a wily vet like Condit?
He looked very impressive in his last effort but let’s not forget that he was smothered by Jake Shields and knocked out by a fading Nate Marquardt not all that long ago.
Condit vs. Woodley could be a barnburner. It would definitely add fuel to the fire of UFC 171, making it a stacked, emotionally driven event. UFC 170 features a Rashad Evans vs. Daniel Cormier main event. It’s a great bout but won’t have the backstory or recognition of the Hendricks vs. Lawler tilt for the title.
Regardless, any fight with Condit usually adds a great deal of excitement to any card. Give us your thoughts on this potentially great bout!
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