Woodley May Move To Middleweight By End Of 2019

While he has Kamaru Usman and a potential Colby Covington fight ahead of him, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, may be pondering a move to 185 pounds.

As a guest on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show on Monday, Woodley decided to call out the middleweight division with his eyes on moving up.

”People in the middleweight (division), they need to watch out too,” Woodley said (via ESPN.com). “I might slide up on one of y’all by the end of the year.

“Wipe out the division clean at welterweight and go up there and either beat (Kelvin) Gastelum up again or take out Robert Whittaker. They are both welterweights anyways. They just don’t know how to cut weight.”

Focusing on the challenge ahead of him at UFC 235, Woodley isn’t too worried about a challenge from Usman in March at the T-Mobile Arena.

”Kamaru Usman? He’s not ready for me yet,” he said. “He’s not mature enough in the sport yet to be able to withstand what I’m going to bring at him.

”What’s Kamaru going to do, take me down? He’s going to out-strike me? He’s going to punch harder than me? He’s going to out-strategize me with fight IQ? He’s a version of myself five years ago.”

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