UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is desperate to secure an opponent for his UFC 213 main event and has called out several fighters, including Conor McGregor and both Diaz brothers.
Woodley is to headline the 213 card, however as of now he’s set to do it alone. The number one contender, according to many, is Damien Maia. With Maia scheduled to face Jorge Masvidal at UFC 211, Woodley has begun to look elsewhere.
Speaking to UFC Unfiltered, The Chosen One revealed finding an opponent to take him on has been far more difficult than expected. He claims that fighters don’t really want to fight him.
“There’s a lot of fighters who say, ‘I’ll fight anybody, anytime, anywhere,’ but they really don’t mean that.
“If Conor McGregor wanted to fight me, he has an opportunity to do so. So does Bisping. So does Georges St. Pierres. So does Nick Diaz. So does Nate Diaz.”
While it appears Woodley is willing to fight just about anybody at this point, a fight with any of the mentioned martial artists would appear unlikely.
McGregor is seemingly solely focused on securing his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, and while a welterweight bout with Woodley may entice him at some point in the future, it almost certainly won’t be at UFC 213.
MBisping is currently slated to defend his middleweight crown against the returning Georges St. Pierres, which rules both fighters out for Woodley.
The Diaz brothers are currently available, although neither seem to keen on fighting right now. It would take a mega-offer to lure either Stockton fighter into the octagon at the minute.
With all of this taken into account, the future does look slightly bleak for Tyron Woodley as things stand. Depending on UFC 211 this weekend, Woodley may have to lower his expectations.