Woodley: ‘I might pass on Demian Maia’ — Here’s Why!

UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley may no longer be fighting top contender Demian Maia in his next fight.

Woodley talked about his next fight when making an appearance last weekend at a UFC Gym.

“I haven’t heard back yet,” Woodley said. “My opponent, supposedly Demian Maia, he needs a break, and if he wants to take a break, he might get passed up. I might move on to bigger and better fights.

“You wanna fight for the title, you can’t pick and choose when it happens. You want it that bad, you gotta be ready to roll. You don’t get a break.”

Woodley went on to say that he is interested in fights with former UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre and former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz. He also said there are new rules when it comes to selecting fights.

“There are two sets of rules going on,” Woodley said. “There’s traditional, you get the belt, you fight anybody, the No. 1 contenders and it’s a true sport. Then you have the entertainment side where you see Conor McGregor go up a weight class here and there, jumping two different belts, Bisping fighting Georges. All these different things are happening and they make a lot of money, why wouldn’t you want to partake in that? For me, I’m open to fighting Demian Maia, who is the No. 1 contender. I’m also open to a super fight. I’m open to pretty much anything that builds my fighter profile.”