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Tyron Woodley Wants To Raise Stakes Of Potential Michael Bisping Showdown

MACAU - AUGUST 23: Tyron Woodley of USA celebrates after winning his welterweight fight against Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea during the UFC Fight Night at The Venetian Macao Cotai Arena on August 23, 2014 in Macau, China. (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)

A potential showdown between Michael Bisping and Tyron Woodley is in the works.

Super fights have seemingly become all the rage these days, and you’d have to think that it is surely a by-product of the ambitious and sometimes downright ridiculous attitude taken by the UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor towards weight restrictions.

Of course, such spectacles have always existed within MMA, but with more and more money now on the table due to the ever-increasing popularity of the sport, the UFC’s current batch of champions have been slightly more open to the idea of securing these big money fights than maybe they would have been a few years ago, even if most of these fights have yet to be fully realised.

Two men who have just recently bid farewell to a highly successful and lucrative 2016 are the UFC’s highly-vocal welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, and the UFC’s middleweight champion, the even mouthier Michael Bisping.

Woodley, in the past year, has really established himself as a force to be reckoned within the 170lb division, knocking former champion Robbie Lawler off the top-spot with a vicious right-hand at UFC 201. With one title-defence against Stephen Thompson in the past, has looked to secure himself a ‘big money fight’ for his next walk to the octagon, despite his aforementioned first defence being scored as a majority draw.

Michael Bisping, for a while, was seen as one of the most celebrated and iconic fighters in the history of the promotion to have never fought for a world title. His long career in MMA had seen him prove himself at times without a massive amount of consistency but when fate granted him his first ever shot at UFC gold at UFC 199, Bisping did not disappoint, KO’ing the heavily favoured Luke Rockhold in just under a round.

Both of these guys have cause to be happy with the year that just ended but now, in a pair of posts shared from each of their Instagram accounts, they have seemingly put forth the idea that the year 2017 may see them compete in a 180lb catchweight superfight, a prospect that has already made it seem as though this year may well be a worthy successor to last year, a year that was among the most crazy we have seen in the sport to date.

The first post, in which the idea of this fight was presented, can be seen below:

And though there seemed to be an agreement made between the pair to leave their UFC titles out of it, today, in the wake of the hype that now surrounds this hypothetical encounter, Tyron Woodley has put out his own Instagram post, claiming he has changed his mind and now has his eyes on Michael’s middleweight title.

Both men appear to be game, and despite the massive numbers of contenders in each of their respective divisions, this definitely would be a fight that would sell and if recent showings are anything to go by, do not be surprised to see the UFC jump on this potentially electric matchup.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]