Although Tyron Woodley’s been driving very hard for a bout with fellow contender Johny Hendricks, so far, the fight has yet to get booked. Is it because the UFC has other plans? Or is just waiting to see what unfolds between welterweight champ Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald on July 11th? According to Woodley’s manager, it’s because “Bigg Rigg” wants nothing to do with his client.
Following Woodley’s split decision win over Kelvin Gastelum in February, the #3 ranked welterweight has made it clear he wants to fight the #1 positioned Hendricks. Not long ago, Woodley noted that since Lawler-MacDonald is several months away, he and Hendricks could throw down in the interim.
Well, as you know, nothing’s happened on that front, and recently Kawa opined the following, while appearing on “The MMA Hour” (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“If you look at Tyron’s accounts on social media, he’s looking for that fight,” Kawa said. “He’s begging for that fight. Johny wants no part of Tyron. I don’t think that’s a good fight for Johny. I think he wants to wait it out and get the championship and I can understand where he’s coming from, but if I was him I’d fight Tyron and shut Tyron up. Tyron can be annoying when it comes to that stuff. He’s constant — ‘I want that fight, I want that fight.'”
While from a fan’s perspective, there’s no doubt that Hendricks-Woodley could provide some solid entertainment, the fight might not happen. Hendricks, after all, did elect to face Matt Brown in March, and scored a unanimous decision win. If you recall, Hendricks was originally expected to face Lawler in a rubber match, but after the champ decided he needed some time off, the powerful wrestler opted to stay busy and face Brown.
So, one could understand, from a business perspective, why Hendricks and his reps would prefer if the fighter waited for the winner of Lawler-MacDonald.
Now, all that said, if the UFC decides that perhaps there isn’t enough buzz surrounding Hendricks for another title shot, maybe they will come forward with a bout offer. Particularly if the winner at UFC 189 gets injured and is side lined for a while.
UFC 189 will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. In the headliner, featherweight champ Jose Aldo will take on Conor McGregor.