This past Saturday saw UFC welterweights Carlos Condit and Tyron Woodley facing off in the pay-per-view co-main event of UFC 171 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. Both had a lot riding on the line, with Condit having previously lost to Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 27, and Woodley knocking out Josh Koscheck at UFC 167, the most successful fight of his career to date. Tyron, oddly enough, wasn’t the first choice in the fight as he was ranked #11 and Condit was ranked #2, but Tyron kept pushing for it so much so that the UFC had no choice but to let him fight. This all led to one of the most tumultuous fights the UFC has had in quite some time.
As the fight started, Woodley has holding the dominant position, landing blow after blow against Condit. He managed to land two big rights, back Condit into a corner, and land some good uppercuts before Condit tagged him with a left and a kick. This led into Condit starting to take over the fight, as he managed to Woodley from a takedown with a triangle choke, though Woodley managed to back out of with a slam. After trying to land an errant high kick and being knocked down for it, Condit managed to get in some hard shots on Tyron before the round was over. It seemed Condit was going for a Rocky strategy, basically letting Tyron tire himself out on Condit before going in for the final blow.
Unfortunately for Condit, it soon turned into Rocky 4 for him, in that the fight would soon take a pretty dark turn. First off, Tyron took him down again at the start of the second round, thus letting him take over the fight. Suddenly, Tyron threw a leg kick to Condit that left him falling to the ground in agonizing pain. Sadly, this devastating blow may lead to Condit being out of commission for quite some time. As for Woodley, having beaten such a high-ranking fighter as Condit, this could potentially see him getting matches with even better fighters in the near future. Some of the possible fighters he could duke it out with include Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald, or even his fellow American Top Team teammates Robbie Lawler and Hector Lombard.
It is very clear that Tyron Woodley is starting to make a pretty big name for himself in the UFC. The nicknamed “Chosen One” is certainly starting to live up to his name, as he has proven himself to be quite the fighter. Unfortunately, while he may not get an immediate title shot after the rather anticlimactic ending of his previous fight, Tyron may well be able to work his way to another big fight that might even win him the belt.