Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is set to make his return to the octagon in the main event of UFC 217. For the fight, “Rush” will be taking on UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping. Now, it would appear that another champion would like to get in on the action.
Reigning UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley believes he is ready for a super-fight at a new weight class. Speaking on the Anik and Florian podcast, as transcribed by Bloody Elbow, Woodley explained why he wants to take on UFC 217’s main event winner.
“I think my next opponent is going to be the winner of Bisping and Georges St-Pierre. I think that’s my next fight. Victorious in that fight, I think you see me move up to a different weight class.”
The fighter continued:
“People have short term memories on what my resume is, and my finishing ability. I have 18 victories, 11 of those were finishes, 9 of those in the first round,” he said. “Sometimes when you’re fighting the actual number 1 contenders — which very few champions are doing this day and age — you’re fighting the Stephen Thompsons, the Demian Maias, these fights aren’t going to be blowouts. Sometimes it’s the 4th quarter field goal that wins the fight. Sometimes it’s the grind, and sometimes it comes down to the last straw. It’s like bowling. Everything is not a strike, you’ve got to be able to catch a spare in there.”
UFC 217 goes down Nov. 4 inside the Madison Square Garden Arena in New York and will be available on pay-per-view.