Tyron Woodley was in search of redemption and he would find it in a major way at UFC Fight Night 48 in Macau. “The Chosen One” solidified his status as a top-five welterweight by blasting out Dong Hyun Kim in just 61 seconds in their co-main event clash. The loss snapped “Stun Gun’s” four-fight win streak and dashed the major hype that he’d been getting after back-to-back impressive knockouts of Erick Silva and John Hathaway.
Woodley was coming off a poor performance in a unanimous decision loss against Rory MacDonald at UFC 174 and jumped at the chance to face the No. 10-ranked Kim after Hector Lombard was forced to withdraw because of an injury. Woodley has proven to be an explosive performer when at the top of his game and he was in prime form against Kim. He improved his UFC record to 4-2 and produced his third first-round finish. Woodley took advantage of Kim’s early aggression to land a perfect right hand as the South Korean was attempting a spinning back fist. With Kim hurt, Woodley pounced and ended the contest with follow-up punches.
It was Woodley’s tenth career finish in fourteen victories and earned him a Performance of the Night bonus. It’ll be intriguing to see what comes next for the No. 4-ranked Woodley. One potential matchup that immediately comes to mind would be a clash against Matt Brown. The No. 5-ranked Brown recently sustained a decision loss to Robbie Lawler in a welterweight title eliminator at UFC on FOX 12. “The Immortal” is also a proven finisher and would make for an excellent matchup against the powerful Woodley.
Woodley’s stock rose dramatically after derailing Kim’s winning ways in emphatic fashion. If he can finally find some consistency there’s no doubt that Woodley can still emerge as a major title threat.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports