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Tyron Woodley is keen to put the first losing skid of his career behind him and wants to get back in the octagon as soon as possible.
The former UFC welterweight champ has lost back-to-back bouts. Woodley (19-5-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC) dropped the title to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 in March 2019. Then more recently, he lost a main event fight to Gilbert Burns at UFC on ESPN 9 in May.
At 38, many have questioned where Woodley fits into the top of the 170-pound weight class. His only losses in the past six years are to Usman and Burns, who will fight each other for the belt at UFC 251 in July.
Woodley hasn’t fought more than once in a calendar year since 2017 and said his primary goal for the rest of 2020 is to be as active as possible.
“I want to fight two more times this year,” Woodley said Monday on Instagram Live. “So we are right now in June. I fee like if I can get one on the books sometime in the near future then it still leaves me with November or December to fight again. I want to fight two more times this year. I want to just really knock out some fights. I’m excited about it. I’m ready to get back in there and get after it.”
Despite the fact he’s further removed from the belt than any time in recent memory, a number of interesting matchups still remain for “The Chosen One.”
Woodley was not willing to specifically demand any one fight, though, and at this stage appears willing to face whomever the UFC deems more appropriate.
“I can’t think of anybody off the top of my head like, ‘Oh, let me fight this mother(expletive),’” Woodley said. “If you lose a fight you don’t be coming out of the gate like, you ain’t really in a position to call anybody out. You kind of just got to take a seat, sit down, be humble, get back on the grind, get ready to beat somebody up. But you don’t really get to call the shots like that, at least I don’t think you should. Some people do. You know you who are.”
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