Tyron Woodley believes that a win over his former conquest Robbie Lawler will be enough to earn him a shot at Kamaru Usman’s welterweight title.
Usman managed to completely nullify the dominant force that was ‘The Chosen One’ during their UFC 235 co-main event in December.
It was five-rounds of the former TUF winner’s patented style of abrasive grappling pressure and despite Woodley’s status as the favourite going in, the fight, in hindsight, played out like something of a mismatch.
Now, given his somewhat rocky relationship with Dana White and the UFC brass, it’s generally accepted that Tyron will have his work cut out to earn his way towards another shot at the belt.
With that being said, with a matchup against Robbie Lawler set for UFC Minneapolis on June 29, he could well push himself right back into that conversation with a dominant victory.
It’ll certainly be difficult to top his first win over the Ruthless one, though.
UFC 201 saw Woodley defeat Lawler by was of a brutal first-round KO, a knockout that won him the welterweight title – setting in motion the events that eventually led him towards his status as one of the greatest the division has ever known.
Speaking to ESPN, the former welterweight champion cited his long reign atop the consistently stacked 170lb division as enough of a reason for him to be given the rematch – something he feels he already deserves given his run as champ.
“I don’t feel like I should have had to have a path [back to the belt]. I feel like I should have been able to fight [for a title shot].
“The fact that I defended my belt [five times] against true No. 1 contenders – I’m not crying over spilled milk. I know my path is going to be different.
“But I’m not going to fight two or three fights. I’m going to fight Robbie, and then I’m fighting for the title.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena