With no co-main event announced, the UFC is obviously holding back yet another huge fight announcement, with Robbie Lawler defending his Welterweight Title the most likely scenario for the bout. With Carlos Condit still out injured and Georges St. Pierre seemingly not interested in fighting for the belt, who will the UFC chose as Lawler’s next opponent?
With the number one and two ranked fighters, Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson set to square off, it seems as though Tyron Woodley’s waiting game is finally about to pay off. Speculation suggests that the UFC has tirelessly been trying to convince GSP to take the fight against Robbie Lawler at UFC 200. With GSP reluctant to fight for the belt, the UFC will have to move on to the next option and it’s hard to look passed Woodley under the circumstances.
Woodley has not fought since beating Kelvin Gastelum in January 2015, a close split decision victory. Woodley claims he was promised a title shot after the victory and has been sitting out waiting on his shot since. Lawler has defended his belt twice since then against Rory MacDonald and most recently against Carlos Condit.
The Chosen One has found himself in a long queue of fighters being talked about as potential match-ups for the welterweight Champ. Up until recent weeks, he appeared to be way down the list of possible opponents, as Conor McGregor was touted as the next challenger, should he beat Diaz. After losing to Diaz instead of moving up the list, Woodley found himself being jumped by the aforementioned Diaz.
Then after Diaz McGregor 2 was booked, all the talk turned to Georges St. Pierre. Add that to the MacDonald v. Thompson bout and the continued injury woes of Condit, Woodley has found himself quietly getting into contention without ever taping up his hands. His patience could be about to pay off big.
Should Woodley get the nod, it will certainly make for an entertaining co-main event but saying that any time Lawler enters the octagon in recent years we have been treated to a captivating war. Expect a big announcement soon.