DALLAS, Texas (105.3 THE FAN) – Tyron Woodley is Dana White’s kind of fighter.
The UFC welterweight contender who takes on Carlos Condit in the co main event at UFC 171 Saturday night at The American Airlines Center has quickly earned the respect of the organization’s president. The reason? Dana White likes guys like Tyron Woodley because they are down to fight anybody at any time.
This past December, when the oft-embattled Nick Diaz turned down a rematch with Condit for the Dallas card, White said that despite Woodley texting him “15 times a day” he would look elsewhere for an opponent. He admired Woodley’s enthusiasm, but felt that he simply wasn’t ranked high enough yet within the division to get booked into what would likely be a #1 contender’s match for a title shot. The texts didn’t stop, however, and White eventually acquiesced to a fight that has UFC fans excited, if not for Woodley’s divisional ranking on paper, then for his willingness to bring fireworks on fight night.
In November, he collected a “knockout of the night” bonus for his demolition of former title challenger Josh Koscheck, and Woodley has wasted no time in telling anyone who will listen that he has every intention of continuing that trajectory right to a shot at the 170 pound division’s title.
Listen to Richard Hunter and Mike Dingess talk to Tyron Woodley about his fight Saturday night with Carlos Condit: