After Matt Brown was injured and forced off this past weekend’s UFC on FOX 9 card, many were wondering who the UFC would match Carlos Condit up with. Dana White, in the post fight press conference, dropped the bombshell that he offered the fight to Nick Diaz, but he turned it down.
Tyron Woodley got on his phone and began harassing Dana White, begging him for the fight. In the post fight media scrum, White said that he loves guys like Woodley who ask for fights, but that he would not get the fight because he was not ranked. Woodley responded to White with this poignant tweet:
Just had a random thought. DW said I could fight Carlos cause I wasn’t ranked, but Alex Gus is fighting an unranked stud in Jimi Manuwa @ufc
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) December 16, 2013
It seems that the fans and Tyron’s tweet has changed Dana’s mind, as the UFC has officially announced that Woodley will be facing Carlos Condit at UFC 171:
— UFC (@ufc) December 17, 2013
“@UFC_UK: the text messages paid off! As announced on Beyond the Octagon, Carlos Condit will face Tyron Woodley at UFC 171″ love it
— UFC News (@UFCNews) December 17, 2013
With Georges St-Pierre’s departure from the sport, an entirely new layout of the Welterweight division is now in the works. At UFC 171, the new champion will be determined when Johny Hendricks takes on Robbie Lawler in the main event of the evening. One has to believe that the winner of the Condit/Woodley fight would get the next shot at the belt.
Condit (29-7, 6-3 UFC), the former Interim Welterweight Champion, has fought all of the top guys at Welterweight in his UFC career. He is a consensus top three Welterweight in the world, and is coming off a dominant victory over Martin Kampmann back at UFC Fight Night 27.
Woodley (12-2, 2-1 UFC) is a StrikeForce import that lost to Nate Marquardt in his final StrikeForce fight. Since then, Woodley has two vicious KO’s over Josh Koscheck and Jay Hieron sandwiched between a controversial decision loss to Jake Shields. This is obviously a huge opportunity for Woodley in facing Condit, and brings him one step closer to a coveted UFC title shot.