Deserve ain’t got nothing to do with it.
While Stephen Thompson seems to be the No. 1 contender at welterweight, new champion Tyron Woodley has other plans for his first title defense. Woodley, who knocked out Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC 201 on Saturday night in Atlanta, wants Nick Diaz or Georges St-Pierre next.
“These guys are legends,” Woodley said at the post-fight press conference. “Nick Diaz is a top-five welterweight of all time in my eyes. Georges St-Pierre is the No. 1 welterweight in my eyes. If I’m an athlete in this sport, in this division and I want to say I’m the best in the world, I feel like I should compete against those guys. So I don’t feel any obligation to go by the rankings. We all know how those rankings are produced anyway. And I want to go out there and I want to fight the money fights.”
Woodley (15-3) caught Lawler with a big overhand right in the first Saturday and ended the night quickly. “T-Wood” told Thompson to his face — via satellite anyway on the FS1 post-fight show — that he wasn’t interested in fighting him next. Woodley used Thompson’s words about how he wanted to fight Lawler against him. Thompson is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Rory MacDonald in May.
“Stephen Thompson said he wanted to fight Robbie Lawler,” Woodley said. “He said it was a better matchup, the fans would be excited to watch it. He’ll get an opportunity to have that fight.”
Woodley, 34, said he was uninjured against Lawler and wants to come back right away. He proposed fighting Diaz at UFC 202, an event Aug. 20 headlined by Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor.
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