Tyron Woodley campaigned for a bout with Georges St-Pierre earlier this year, but the welterweight champ has shut down any talk about him fighting the Canadian star, as UFC 214 nears.
Ever since Woodley won the 170 belt, by knocking out Robbie Lawler, the powerful wrestler has made it clear he wants to fight GSP. More recently, Woodley has argued that St-Pierre has no interest in fighting him, since, according to “The Chose One”, GSP wants to avoid getting concussed.
Well, since Dana White said this week that St-Pierre will likely face the winner of Woodley – Demian Maia, the champ was asked about St-Pierre during media day. But, Woodley had this to say in response (quote via MMA Junkie):
“At the end of the day that’s what happens when fighters are looking too far down the road. You get your ass whooped. You think about Georges St-Pierre – I got Demian Maia, who is on a seven-fight win streak. Everybody who has a great answer – ‘just don’t let him take you down’ – he still takes them down and gets on their back and beats them…
Georges St-Pierre hasn’t communicated to me or my management team that we’re fighting next. So with that said, a victory against Demian Maia, that opens doors for everything else. In defeat, there’s no Georges St-Pierre, there’s no Nick Diaz, there’s no other fight after that. So, for all you guys, I really don’t want to talk about Georges. Georges knows where the (expletive) I’m at. If he wanted to fight me, Demian Maia would have never been in this spot, it would have been me and Georges. So I think he’s playing games.
…So let me focus on Demian Maia. Let’s give him the respect that he deserves. He’s a world-class fighter. Though the fans don’t appreciate jiu-jitsu, even though it’s built the UFC, I respect jiu-jitsu. I respect what he brings to the table. I don’t want to talk about Conor (McGregor), Floyd (Mayweather) or (expletive) Georges St-Pierre. I’m just being real.”
Woodley would be wise to not look past Maia; no question. Although the consensus is that Maia’s going to have a tough time putting his jiu-jitsu game into action against Woodley, the vaunted grappler’s takedowns have been steadily improving.
Woodley – Maia will be part of the main card for UFC 214, which will go down in Anaheim, California.