Following Johny Hendricks’ latest weight woe, UFC president Dana White has promised Tyron Woodley (pictured) next crack at the welterweight title.
White told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports Friday that Woodley will face the winner of January 2’s title tilt between champion Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit at UFC 195.
Woodley was slated to co-headline UFC 192 opposite Hendricks, but Hendricks was forced to withdraw this morning after suffering complications from cutting weight.
Both were hoping a win Saturday would propel them into a championship affair in their next outing.
Woodley has won four of his past five fights, including two straight. “The Chosen One” most recently took a split decision over Kelvin Gastelum last December.
It’s a rare occurrence for someone to be gifted top contender status off a canceled bout, particularly when you take into account Woodley has already been sitting the sidelines for 10 months.
Then again, it’s the UFC and Alexander Gustafsson is challenging light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier for the strap coming off a vicious TKO loss.
At the same time, ask Miesha Tate what a promised championship affair is worth these days…
Woodley owns a 2014 TKO win over Condit and has never faced Lawler.