Tonight, at UFC 171, Tyron Woodley will look to cement his status as the #1 contender in the UFC’s Welterweight division. Standing in his path is the former interim UFC Welterweight champion of the world, Carlos Condit. The two men will battle tonight in the co-main event of the evening in a highly anticipated bout that is sure to bring fireworks.
I recently sat down with Tyron to discuss his fight tonight, the possibility of a title shot looming, having nerves before a fight, and how he changed his fighting style.
How he feels going into tonight
I feel good! I really feel like it’s my TIME!
His strategy for fighting someone as skilled as Carlos Condit
I believe, at this level, every fighter is potentially dangerous or they would not have made it to this level. My strategy is not to focus on Condit’s game plan, but just mine. And focusing on fighting the fight I have trained for.
Is it hard fighting without having bad blood or ill will towards your opponent?
No, it’s not. I really don’t have bad blood with anyone, this is a business and sport and I will fight whoever is on the path to where I am going.
The possibility of getting a title shot with an impressive victory
Right now I am not even concerned with that, my focus now is on Saturdays fight.
Has criticism of your grinding style changed you into more of a striker?
No, criticism does not motivate me. I do not get caught up on what others say, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I have matured as a fighter, and become more confident in the abilities and gifts God gave me.
Going into a fight: nerves or confidence?
Its a mix of emotions. I believe God chose me for this and gave me the gifts and drive I need for this sport and that makes me confident. A little nervousness is natural because you have trained and made sacrifices (along with your team) for that one moment.
His greatest career moment
My greatest career moment is now, I am actually fulfilling my destiny. In addition to fighting, I’ve opened a gym which has been really fulfilling. Doing both requires a lot of time, but I’m using a studio management software called MINDBODY that makes it all easy.