Tyron Woodley has been angling for a superfight ever since he knocked out Robbie Lawler to win the UFC welterweight title back in 2016.
‘T-Wood’ has called out the likes of Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz, but his dream matchup has never materialized. That could all change, though, pending the outcome UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor.
Speaking to TMZ Sports in a recent interview (h/t Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting), the reigning welterweight champion said he thinks it would ‘make sense’ to fight Conor McGregor in a champ vs. champ superfight should the Irishman emerge victorious on Oct. 6.
Woodley thinks Khabib will grind out the win, but knows ‘The Notorious’ will be itching for a third world title should he pull off the upset.
“I’ll be there. I’ll be working the desk,” Woodley said. “I would think that if Khabib’s really about that action, he’s going to do what he says and it’s going to be really tough for Conor to have any lead in that arm to throw that knockout punch in the fourth or fifth round, so I would say Khabib [wins]. But just for selfish purposes, if Conor wins, then the only fight that makes sense is for him to fight me. Try to get a third belt.”
Woodley and McGregor had a run-in at the UFC 205 weigh-ins in 2016, where McGregor realized he was undersized and out of his element, according to ‘The Chosen One.’
“Conor thought he wanted smoke and then he realized he really didn’t,” Woodley said. “I would smash him. He’s too little. He’s got one punch. What fighter have I ever fought that’s been able to beat me with one tool?”
McGregor has fought twice at welterweight against Nate Diaz, but the former two-division champ is clearly not built for the weight class. It’s unlikely that McGregor would move up to 170 to challenge Woodley, given the size disadvantage, but the brash Irishman is always keen to prove the critics wrong.
McGregor currently has his hands full with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who he will take on in the UFC 229 main event. The PPV extravaganza takes place on Oct. 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Woodley, who will be ringside for the event, will be out of action for the next 8-12 weeks due to a dislocated thumb.