Bisping & Woodley Talk Catchweight Superfight
Middleweight champion Michael Bisping and welterweight champion Tyron Woodley are fresh off their first title defenses, and they’re looking to change things up for their next fight. At UFC 207, the two champions met backstage and cordially challenged each other to a catchweight bout in 2017.
The confrontation was mostly lighthearted, though both Bisping and Woodley seemed more than willing to agree to fight one another.
They even discussed details, choosing 180 lbs. as a reasonable meeting point between the two weight divisions.
"No belts," Woodley said. If the bout was held at a catchweight, neither champion’s title would be up for grabs.
"Super fight for the f—ing sake, f–ck it, let’s go," Bisping responded.
A video of the conversation was posted on Bisping’s Instagram page.
Of course, Woodley and Bisping agreeing to a fight means little in terms of the fight coming to fruition. The UFC has never been known to make championship super-fights at catchweights, and Woodley and Bisping both have contenders in their own divisions for which they need to deal with.
Bisping is likely to defend his title against Yoel Romero sometime in the middle of 2017. Woodley’s next fight has been rumored for UFC 209 in March, and may be a rematch against Stephen Thompson. Woodley and "Wonderboy" fought to a draw at UFC 205 in November.