Woodley Plans to Knock Wonderboy Out
Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will enter his first title defense as an underdog, but that’s not a problem for "The Chosen One". Woodley won the belt with a stunning knockout victory, and predicts his UFC 205 bout will end in similar fashion.
Woodley faces dangerous striker Stephen Thompson in the co-main event of the UFC’s first show in New York City. It will be the biggest spotlight of his career, and he expects to provide the night’s shining moment.
“Stephen Thompson will be knocked out stiff at UFC 205," Woodley told BJPenn.com. I will have the most memorable performance on the card."
Woodley enters the contest as an +170 underdog, with many fans believing Thompson’s unorthodox striking will be too stiff of a test for the heavy-handed wrestler. The champion has been studying Thompson, however, and is prepared for whatever "Wonderboy" throws at him.
“I do not really have a plan. I do not have something where I am going out there to outwrestle him or out-strike him,” Woodley said. “I just have got drills and techniques that will help put myself in a position where anything that comes I will have an answer for. I will just be going out there to do my thing and if he asks me a question I will give him an answer.”
It didn’t take long for Woodley to win the welterweight title, as he knocked out champion Robbie Lawler in the first round of their July title fight. With as lethal of a right hand as there is in MMA, Woodley is capable of ending any fight with one shot.
Thompson meanwhile presents a much more varied striking arsenal. An elite kickboxer who has transitioned successfully into MMA’s upper echelon, Thompson has defeated the likes of Jake Ellenberger, Johny Hendricks and Rory MacDonald on the way to his title shot.