Tyron Woodley (13-2) takes on Rory MacDonald (16-2) this Saturday night at UFC 174. He spoke with MMA Junkie about facing Rory MacDonald and possible title shot:
“I think the best performance is going to get a title shot,” Woodley said. “My goal is really to focus on beating Rory MacDonald in a dominant fashion – to go up to Vancouver and do my thing. Everything else, whether they give me a shot or not, I’m eventually going to win the world title. I’m going to be in the title picture. “But I just need to focus on this kid because if I go out there and I don’t win, then I’m not getting a world title anyway.”
He has four knockouts, five submissions and four decision victories. The longtime Strikeforce champion joined the UFC on a ten wins and one loss in his first eleven fights. He beat Jay Hieron via 1st RD TKO at UFC 156 – Aldo vs. Edgar on Feb / 02 / 2013. He would lose to Jake Shields via submission at UFC 161 – Evans vs. Henderson on Jun / 15 / 2013. In his next two fights he is 2-0 with wins over Josh Koscheck via 1st RD KO at and then Carlos Condit via 2nd TKO at UFC 171 – Hendricks vs. Lawler on Mar / 15 / 2014.
“I don’t think anybody is getting awarded anything. This is the UFC. You don’t think they can switch that and change the promos on the spot? I think it’s performance-based.”
UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov goes down this Saturday night on UFC Fight Pass, FX and pay-per-view. MMA Frenzy will have the latest news leading up to, during and after the event, as well as having the latest and greatest live play-by-play coverage of the event. From the first fight of the prelim side of the card on Fight Pass and FX all the way to the main event fight on PPV. Keep it locked on MMA Frenzy. The headlining fight is Demetrious Johnson vs. Ali Bagautinov, the co-main event is Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley. The event airs from Vancouver, Canada at the Rogers Arena. The show starts with Jason Saggo vs. Josh Shockley on Fight Pass at 7:00.PM.ET. Then switching to FX with Elizabeth Phillips vs. Valerie Letourneau at 8:00.PM.ET and then starting the real fights with the main card on PPV with Ryan Jimmo vs. Ovince St. Preux at 10:00.PM.ET.