Current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has sent out a warning to the middleweight division, outlining that he might go up to 185lbs after he’s “wiped out the division clean” at 170lbs.
Woodley is currently facing the prospect of the “Nigerian Nightmare” Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 as he looks to defend his welterweight title for the fifth time.
The Chosen One recently defeated Darren Till via submission in impressive fashion but faces an extremely tough test in Usman who is on a nine-fight win streak since his UFC debut, defeating former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos at the end of November.
Should Woodley continue his incredible run of tearing through the welterweight division he may consider a move up to 185lb to fight either the current champion Robert Whittaker or the may who could dethrone him, Kelvin Gastelum.
“People in the middleweight [division], they need to watch out too,” Woodley told Ariel Helwani on Monday. “I might slide up on one of y’all by the end of the year.
Wipe out the division clean at welterweight and go up there and either beat (Kelvin) Gastelum up again or take out Robert Whittaker. They are both welterweights anyways. They just don’t know how to cut weight.”
Woodley also spoke about his upcoming opponent Usman, stating that the Nigerian nightmare is “not mature enough in the sport” to be ready for the challenge that the Chosen One brings.
“Kamaru Usman? He’s not ready for me yet. He’s not mature enough in the sport yet to be able to withstand what I’m going to bring at him,” Woodley said.
“What’s Kamaru going to do, take me down? He’s going to out-strike me? He’s going to punch harder than me? He’s going to out-strategize me with fight IQ? He’s a version of myself five years ago.”