Tyron Woodley made an enormous statement in what amounted as a true crossroads welterweight scrap at UFC 167 against Josh Koscheck. It was “The Chosen One” earning Knockout of the Night honors as he finished “Kos” at 4:38 of the opening round. Both competitors were desperate for a victory, and it was Woodley who landed a solid shot early on that had Koscheck in trouble.
The cast member of the Ultimate Fighter Season 1 showed plenty of courage hanging in against Woodley and landed a hard right hand of his own as the opening round progressed. However, the former Strikeforce veteran locked up a second impressive KO inside the Octagon as he landed a huge right hand to the jaw that helped seal the deal.
For Woodley, it was an enormous bounce-back performance to get him back into the mix in the 170-pound division after losing to Jake Shields at UFC 161. Woodley wanted to make amends for that lackluster showing and was able to do that against Koscheck.
The former Strikeforce veteran packs a big-time punch and is now looking at bigger challenges moving forward after improving to 12-2 in his career. Woodley is now 2-1 with the UFC with a pair of first-round finishes to his credit.
As for Koscheck, he’s now dropped his last three fights, including back-to-back knockout losses at the hands of Woodley and Robbie Lawler. It’ll be intriguing to see whether his 23rd appearance inside the Octagon proves to be his last.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports