Earlier today, it was reported that the fight between Johny Hendricks and Tyron Woodley at UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson was scrapped. The reported reason was because Hendricks had weight cut issues, a problem that haunted “Bigg Rigg” throughout his career in the welterweight division. According to reports, Hendricks suffered an intestinal blockage and kidney stones the day before weigh-ins at the premier event’s media day on Thursday, October 1. Needless to say, there was no way Hendricks would be in optimal condition to take on Woodley in their previously scheduled fight tomorrow night.
Since Johny Hendricks is no longer fighting at UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson, many have wondered what will happen to Tyron Woodley. Unfortunately, Woodley may simply be off the card because it may be too late to find a replacement for him to fight. “The Chosen One” has expressed his disdain of the situation in which he hopes UFC will take care of him. It seems UFC may actually do that, as it is now reported Tyron Woodley is now the number one contender for the UFC welterweight championship.
The announcement of Tyron Woodley’s number one contendership actually comes just hours after his fight against Johny Hendricks was scrapped. Such an opportunity might have been granted because of the disdain he expressed, as mentioned earlier, which was detailed by SB Nation.
“I’m sitting here at weight, wired, ready to wage war and now I’m not going to get that opportunity. Hopefully, I’m compensated accordingly because this shouldn’t be a strike against me. It’s almost as if I lost if I just get show money. I could have been knocked out in the first minute and just get show money. I hope and pray I am taken care of because I had a lot of plans for that win money.”
“And I shouldn’t have to fight anyone else, do anything else spectacular… nothing. I should be next for the title shot now. It’s called professional mixed martial arts for a reason. There should be some level of professionalism involved.”
Either MMA fans think Tyron Woodley’s statement is justified or the complaints reached the right people. The fact of the matter is he’s been promised the number one contendership for the UFC welterweight championship, which was told to Yahoo! Sports writer Kevin Iole by Dana White himself.
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) October 2, 2015
The MMA Corner provided more details on the upcoming fight between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit, as it will happen on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit. Originally, their fight was supposed to happen at UFC 193 but due to Lawler suffering some injuries their main event switched with the one scheduled at UFC 195, which was Ronda Rousey versus Holly Holm. As for Tyron Woodley, he is ecstatic that his next fight is for the UFC welterweight championship as well as the fact he is fighting nobody until then. He did express that he still wants his win money though.
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) October 2, 2015
As of now, Tyron Woodley has a professional MMA record of 15-3-0, as reported by MMA Junkie, and now that he’s number one contender (after Carlos Condit), he will surely be at UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit to see who he’ll be fighting for the championship.
[Featured Image via Tyron Woodley’s Official Facebook Page, 1st Post Image via UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson Promotions, 2nd Post Image via UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit Promotions]