Woodley: RDA Was Not Ruthless vs. Lawler
UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley is watching his competition closely, and he has a special eye on his next potential title challenger — former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos.
Three weeks ago, at UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Rafael dos Anjos dominated former UFC welterweight champ Robbie Lawler to an overwhelming unanimous decision win in the title eliminator main event.
However, Woodley — who knocked out Lawler to win the UFC Welterweight Title at UFC 201 in July 2016 — wasn’t impressed with dos Anjos’ win because he could not get the finish.
“If I had Robbie Lawler against the Octagon like that, would he have been alive or would he have been knocked the f**k out? He’d have been knocked out,” Woodley said. “I just think when you come to this welterweight level, you’re dealing with a different type of power.”
Woodley has been criticized for his wrestling and ground grappling focused style, with a panned title defense against Demian Maia at UFC 214 this past July costing him a potential bout with Georges St Pierre. But Woodley said just because dos Anjos dominated Lawler in a one-sided affair, it doesn’t mean he looked his best.
I feel like strategically, those guys look good, because the idea of a good fight to fans is a teeter-tottering, back-and-forth war. But when you got a guy that’s known for his jiu-jitsu, leg kicks and takedowns and he doesn’t use those when those are there, it’s not that great of a performance.
Woodley went on to say that he’s not exactly looking forward to defending the title against the former UFC lightweight king. “The Chosen One” has his eyes set elsewhere — with fighters that have brands and names bigger than his own.
I’m looking forward to fighting people who their brands are larger than mine. I’m not looking to bring somebody up. I’m in a position where I did that already. I’ve already sought out to fight the guy with a brand, so that I could project myself and bring myself up. I’m just not interested in promoting other people, man.