On Friday the UFC announced that the upcoming event will feature a super-fight between heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic, and light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier. As this is being written, no other title fights have been finalized for the card, but the expectation is that one or two more championship bouts could be booked for UFC 226.
Well, recently Woodley spoke with MMA Junkie, and the welterweight champ relayed fighting during International Fight Week would be optimum for him. In addition, the powerful wrestler said he belongs on “big cards’.”
But who would Woodley fight? In recent months, the champ has campaigned for bouts with the likes of Georges St-Pierre, Nate Diaz, Nick Diaz and Conor McGregor. But, as it stands right now, the chances of a bout between Woodley and any of those fighters happening seems very slim. This could be why Woodley had this to say, while discussing the possibility of fighting a welterweight contender:
“(Former UFC lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos) is probably the closest. Of anybody in that pool, it would probably be him.
“The other guys that are talking and chirping, they know they’re not in position to fight me. But they figure, hey, nobody else is going to fight him, why not try to put myself in position. But none of these guys really want to see me. They all talk about wanting to fight – my toughest matchups are behind me.”
The main guy who has been “chirping”, of course, is Colby Covington, but, Woodley has argued “Chaos” isn’t deserving a shot yet. So, the front runner right now for a crack at the belt is Rafael dos Anjos. But, if UFC 226 does land say “Cyborg” vs. Nunes and Johnson vs. TJ Dillashaw, it’s hard to imagine that the promotion would also book Woodley – RDA for that event.
UFC 226 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.