Former Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight titlist Tyron Woodley joins the growing list of mixed martial artists who want to fight in the squared circle.
Woodley is considered as one of the greatest welterweights to set foot in the UFC octagon.
Since winning the UFC welterweight title against Robbie Lawler in 2016, ‘The Chosen One’ has joined Georges St-Pierre as the only fighter to appear in five-straight title-fights.
He made a successful title-retention bid against Stephen Thompson, Demian Maia, and Darren Till before relinquishing the throne to Kamaru Usman earlier this year at UFC 235.
Woodley was scheduled to meet Lawler in a rematch last June but he pulled out of the fight due to injury.
Eager to return to action, the former UFC champion is planning to train with the famed Diaz brothers of MMA as he builds his road back to title contention.
Woodley’s goal, though, is to wreak havoc not just in the cage but also in the boxing ring.
— TheCable (@thecableng) March 4, 2019
Back to Boxing
In a recent interview with TMZ, Woodley said he wants to test his might in the boxing ring against the three-weight world champion, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
“I still can box right now,” he said, (transcript from MMA Junkie).
“I want Canelo. I don’t want to go in there and fight ‘Boo Boo the Fool’ because if he lands a couple shots off on you then everybody going to be like, ‘Oh, Tyron got touched up by this dude, and he ain’t even a .500 fighter.’”
“If you go in there and risk it all and let it hang, I want the No. 1 guy.”
“All I wanted to do was box when I came up.”
“I just started MMA at 23, so I felt I was a little old to start boxing at that age. But since I was a kid, that was the only sport I’ve ever wanted to do. So most of my training is boxing training.”
Tyron Woodley would love to box Canelo Alvarez, believes he can knock him out https://t.co/rEMq3pNvtL
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) October 10, 2019
Going For The Finish
Alvarez, who signed the biggest sporting contract in the history last year, has 52 wins, two draws, and a loss in his 55-fight professional boxing career.
The Mexican champion is coming off a unanimous decision win over Daniel Jacobs to extend his winning streak to 10 fights and to retain his middleweight titles.
If given a chance to square off with Alvarez, Woodley believes his knockout power will come to play.
“No. 1, I’m not going to sit there and try to win 12 rounds, let’s be real.”
“His defence is crazy. He’ll slip an uppercut and make you look real stupid, so I’m throwing all unorthodox. I’m trying to knock him out.”
“If I land, he’s going down, let’s not even play. It don’t matter how many boxing and fights you got and how many MMA stuff, If I hit Canelo with everything, throw some (expletive) on the punch, it’s a wrap.”
— UFC Universe (@UFC_unvrz) October 6, 2019
Will we see Tyron Woodley and Canelo Alvarez in a crossover fight in the future?
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