Rafael dos Anjos relayed that he intends to fight Tyron Woodley, following his impressive win at UFC 215, but it sounds like the welterweight champ has other plans.
RDA took on Neil Magny at the Edmonton card, and submitted the well rounded vet in the opening round. After the bout, the former lightweight champ warned Woodley that “we’re going to fight”, and that “I’m not going to let him walk around.”
Well, Woodley was on the FOX Sports 1 desk for the event, and while discussing RDA’s callout, the champ said this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I didn’t take (the callout) personally,” Woodley said. “All I’m saying is there are a lot of guys in my division. They always put them in front of me, and everyone thinks they have the solution to beat me. But I think I’m the most well-rounded fighter. I punch the hardest in the UFC of all the fighters. And he’s a great fighter. He’s a former world champion. I do think one or two more fights in the division, with a great performance like he had this evening, we will see him on the other side of the octagon. At that point, we’ll be ready to roll.”
Since RDA was in the mix to fight Woodley at UFC 214 in July (in case Demia Maia hadn’t accepted the bout), clearly the Brazilian can’t be too far out from securing a title shot. But, as Woodley alluded to, RDA only has two wins since he returned to welterweight, and he was ranked #10 prior to this weekend’s bout. So, it would be kind of surprising if dos Anjos received a title shot next.
That aside, Woodley also made this interesting comment, while discussing his future:
“I want to fight at middleweight,” Woodley said. “So, I’m thinking about taking a trip up to middleweight.”
So, perhaps Woodley is sizing up a fight with the winner of the November 4th, Michael Bisping – Georges St-Pierre bout? Although, with Robert Whittaker holding the interim, 185 belt, that fight seems unlikely. Further, Woodley is dealing with a shoulder injury, and it’s not clear yet when he’ll be ready to fight again.