Neil Magny wishes Tyron Woodley all the best, in terms of the welterweight champ scoring a big money fight, but the contender doesn’t want to see the title shot picture held up.
Since Woodley took out Robbie Lawler last month to grab the 170 title, the decorated wrestler has called for bouts with Nick Diaz or Georges St-Pierre, rather than top contender, Stephen Thompson. Woodley wants to face either Diaz or GSP, because the payday those fights would generate. He’s also made it clear he didn’t care for Thompson’s comments, leading up to Woodley’s win over Lawler (as “Wonderboy argued that he should be facing Lawler next, and also predicted the latter would win the scrap).
Well, the problem is that Diaz has said he’s not interested in fighting Woodley, and GSP hasn’t reached a new deal with the UFC yet. So, those fights probably won’t get booked anytime soon.
Recently Magny spoke with Bloody Elbow.com, in advance of his fight this Saturday with Lorenz Larkin, and he said the following:
“To be honest, I’m in the position where if he does hold out for a money fight and he gets it, great. Good for you. I hope he does get that fight, I hope he’s able to retire and do well for his family. But don’t hold up the belt, because you got too many guys in the division waiting for an opportunity to become champ, myself being one of them.”
If you need a refresher, Magny is currently ranked #7 in the UFC’s welterweight division, has won three in a row, and is 9-1 in his last 10. So, ya, you can understand why he’s monitoring the title shot picture closely.