Tyron Woodley Emerges As Title Contender Thanks To Strong Effort At UFC 171
While an injury to Carlos Condit was an unfortunate way for Tyron Woodley to earn a TKO triumph at UFC 171, “The Chosen One” raised his stock immensely by turning in a terrific performance in Dallas. The end came at 2:00 of the second round when Condit crumpled to the canvas in agony after his right knee gave out. Woodley improved to 13-2 with the victory and deserves full marks as he was in control of the fight up to the time of the finish.
Woodley landed a number of crisp right hands in the opening round that tested “The Natural Born Killer’s” granite chin and seemed very comfortable in dealing with the biggest assignment of his career. The beginning of the end came in the second stanza when Condit appeared to injure himself after Woodley executed a perfect takedown.
Shortly after the two fighters got back to their feet, Woodley delivered a thunderous leg kick to Condit’s front leg and an injury to his right knee brought a halt to the proceedings.
“T-Wood” was confident he would be able to derail Condit’s title hopes and he did just that in improving to 3-1 in the UFC, stating a case for his own shot at newly crowned champion Johny Hendricks. Whether he gets it or not remains to be seen because of the unsatisfying nature of how the fight concluded.
Woodley seemed to be in control but despite the victory, he likely ranks behind Rory MacDonald, Nick Diaz and even former champion Georges St. Pierre when it comes to the pecking order for the next title opportunity. Diaz was on hand for the event in Dallas and has pronounced himself ready to return, while UFC President Dana White remains confident that GSP will return after vacating his belt to take some time away from the sport.
As for Condit, it’s a bitter pill to swallow. The former interim champion was hoping to secure another title shot and now depending on the severity of his injury, he will likely find himself on the sidelines for quite some time as a host of contenders jockey for title position.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports