After much speculation Tyron Woodley finally announced this Monday his opponent for UFC 209. Once again Woodley was looking for the money fight. First he tried McGregor, then he even agreed a bout on camera with middleweight champion Michael Bisping. Today he offered the fight to Demian Maia on Twitter, but in the end, it seems like he had no choice but to give ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson a rematch.
Shortly after the announcement, Tyron explained his decision:
“You know it is like this. Demian Maia, Nick Diaz, Michael Bisping, Georges St-Pierre, those are all fights I will have in my career. While I am the champion it is important for me to have those fights because defeating all of those guys makes me undeniably the greatest welterweight who has ever fought in the octagon. So obviously that is important to me. But, I am just trying to pick which fight is the best fight at the right time. You know I wasn’t one hundred percent sold that a rematch with ‘Wonderboy’ was the best thing for me right now. But then I thought let’s do this rematch so that everybody can shut up and we can close this book and move on to another chapter.”
“Demian Maia obviously, if I was in his position I would be highly upset because I would feel like I am getting the short end of the stick. I would feel like I deserve that title fight and he said it himself, as many people believe, that it wasn’t a draw at UFC 205 and that I won that fight. So now he has to sit in the pocket because of some New York judges, who were probably judging their first MMA fight ever.”
“I am actually really surprised Stephen didn’t get medically suspended for six months considering how he was flash KO’d in that fight and how many times he was punched and elbowed. I just think they dropped the ball. So now we are going back to Vegas, where they kind of know what they are doing there a little bit, at least most times, and plus I just feel a little more confident and plan on putting on a dominant performance and creating that separation between me and ‘Wonderboy’.”