UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has announced Friday that he’s going to go against one of the division’s rising stars in Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson for his first title defense at UFC 205. In his recent stint for the title, Woodley knocked out Robbie Lawler in the first round to earn the championship belt at UFC 201 in July and will now prepare for a Woodley vs Thompson title match on Nov. 12th.
“You will see the welterweight champion of the world, don’t get it confused, I’ll be taking on Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson in New York City, November 12th, UFC 205, Madison Square Garden,” Woodley said in his latest interview.
According to Sherdog, after Woodley’s convincing win against Lawler, he made clear that he wanted to fight the big names in the division for the money fights and did not intend to fight Thompson yet. Names such as Georges St. Pierre and Nick Diaz were some of his prospects.
“Nick Diaz is a top 5 welterweight of all time in my eyes. Georges St. Pierre is the No. 1 welterweight in my eyes. If I’m an athlete in this division and I want to say I’m the best in the world, I feel like I should compete against those guys,” Woodley said at the post-fight press conference at UFC 201. “I don’t feel any obligation to go by the rankings. I want to go out there and I want to fight the money fights.”
Dana White, however, had the final say. The UFC president did not entertain Woodley’s plans for a big money fight and insisted that Thompson would be the best match-up for, not Diaz nor St. Pierre.
In an article posted by Bloody Elbow, Thompson, on the other hand, is coming off a seven fight win streak. He defeated Robert Whittaker, Jake Ellenberger, Johny Hendricks and most recently Rory MacDonald.
Aside from a Woodley vs Thompson fight, the latest UFC 205 card now includes:
- Yoel Romero vs Chris Weidman
- Rashad Evans vs Tim Kennedy
- Thiago Alves vs Al Iaquinta
- Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs Gian Villante
- Donald Cerrone vs Kelvin Gastelum
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