The champ is getting no respect.
After defeating Robbie Lawler to become the UFC Welterweight Champion, Tyron Woodley called out several opponents that he would like to fight for his first title defense. While many fans believe that No. 2 contender Stephen Thompson will get the shot, Woodley is eyeing bigger names for a money fight.
Woodley has called out both Nick Diaz and Georges St-Pierre for title fights in the wake of his win. Diaz is coming off an 18-month suspension, but is still a massive name in the sport. GSP has not fought in nearly three years after vacating his title in 2013. However, he has mentioned his willingness to return to the Octagon and compete once more.
"I love my sport and I still feel I'm at my best right now," St-Pierre said on The MMA Hour back in June. "The clock is running. I'm not getting any younger. I'm in the peak of my career and if there is a shot, there is another goal, another run, I better do it and do it quick, because it is time to do it now."
Woodley believes that the shot against the former champion would shut up some haters and make him the legitimate champion.
"Georges St-Pierre is the best of all-time," Woodley said on The MMA Hour. "I can say I'm better than Georges, but I've not competed against him so I can't really make that bold statement. If Georges St-Pierre decides that he wants to come back and he's interested in fighting me, which he is, that's going to be my No. 1 pick."
Though Woodley likes his chances in a fight against GSP, oddsmakers do not agree. Bovada, an online oddsmaking company, currently has the champion as the underdog if he were to take on GSP, as first reported by MMAFighting.com.
Bovada has St-Pierre at -150 and Woodley at +120. Despite the three year layoff, it seems that people still have a lot of faith in the former champion, who hasn't lost since 2007. Woodley has already had to deal with haters in his short reign thus far, but likes being the underdog. This is a fight that both fighters seem to want, so it is up to whether the UFC brass wants to let GSP back into the Octagon. Then the eventual loser of this fight might regret what they wished for.
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