Freshly-minted UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (pictured) provided plenty of answers during Friday’s UFC Fight Night 94 weigh-ins show on Fox Sports 2: first and foremost, his first title defense will be against Stephen Thompson at UFC 205 and not against former champ Georges St-Pierre or Nate Diaz, who Woodley was hoping his first title tango would be with. Secondly, New York has in fact finally landed it’s first championship affair.
Woodley did not confirm if he and Thompson would be headlining the November 12 show in the Big Apple, but it’s nearly certain they won’t considering the monumental nature of the card. Regardless, it’s a solid co-main event, if not third featured bout.
Woodley captured the hardware in July by knocking out Robbie Lawler in the opening round of their shootout. “The Chosen One” is victorious in five of his past six scraps, including three consecutive.
Thompson has been considered by most as the division’s next in line after beating Rory MacDonald in June to post his seventh straight win, but Woodley was hoping to cash in on a big payday against GSP or Daiz given his brand new jewelry.
Thompson might not attract the same attention as GSP, or even Diaz, but his resume certainly warrants a crack at the crown. With a potential blockbuster with St-Pierre dangling in the balance, this is a massive fight for Woodley and Thompson.
Madison Square Garden in New York, New York hosts UFC 205.
Here is the card’s current rumored lineup:
Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
Al Iaquinta vs. Thiago Alves
Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy
Stephen Thompson vs. Tyron Woodley (UFC welterweight champion)