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Welterweight Division

Not Fighting

"The Chosen One"

Tyron Woodley

Welterweight Division

19-7-1 (W-L-D)

7

Wins by Knockout

5

Wins by Submission

4

Title Defenses

Tyron Woodley

athlete record

Event Results

Info

Learn more about Tyron Woodley's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Not Fighting
Hometown
St. Louis, United States
Trains at
American Top Team ATT Coconut Creek, FL
Fighting style
Freestyle
Age
39
Height
69.00
Weight
171.00
Octagon Debut
Jan. 08, 2012
Reach
74.00
Leg reach
42.50

Fighter Facts

  • Pro since 2009
     
  • Five wins by submission (arm triangle, armbar, 2 D’Arce choke, RNC), seven by KO
     
  • Made four successful title defenses
     
  • Fought nine of his 26 pro fights in Strikeforce
     
  • 6-3-1 in last 10 fights; on three-fight losing streak
     
  • Nine first round finishes
     
  • Appeared in the film Straight Outta Compton

 

UFC History

UFC 260 (3/27/21) Woodley was submitted by Vicente Luque (D'Arce choke) at 3:56 of the first round
UFC Fight Night (9/19/20) Woodley lost via TKO (injury) to Colby Covington at 1:19 of the fifth round
UFC on ESPN (5/30/20) Woodley lost a five round unanimous decision to Gilbert Burns
UFC 235 (3/2/19) Woodley lost a five round unanimous decision to Kamaru Usman, losing his UFC welterweight title
UFC 228 (9/8/18) Woodley retained his UFC welterweight title with a second round submission of Darren Till via D’Arce choke at 4:19 of the second round
UFC 214 (7/29/17) Woodley retained his UFC welterweight title with a five-round majority decision over Demian Maia
UFC 209 (3/4/17) Woodley retained his UFC welterweight title with a five-round majority decision over Stephen Thompson
UFC 205 (11/12/16) Woodley retained his UFC welterweight title with a five-round draw against Stephen Thompson
UFC 201 (7/30/16) Woodley knocked out Robbie Lawler at 2:12 of the first round to win the UFC welterweight title
UFC 183 (1/31/15) Woodley won a three round split decision over Kelvin Gastelum
UFC Fight Night (8/23/14) Woodley stopped Dong Hyun Kim via strikes at 1:01 of the first round
UFC 174 (6/14/14) Woodley lost a three round unanimous decision to Rory MacDonald
UFC 171 (3/15/14) Woodley defeated Carlos Condit via TKO due to injury at 2:00 of the second round
UFC 167 (11/16/13) Woodley knocked out Josh Koscheck at 4:38 of the first round
UFC 161 (6/15/13) Woodley lost a three round split decision to Jake Shields
UFC 156 (2/2/13) Woodley knocked out Jay Hieron at :36 of the first round

STRIKEFORCE History
Rockhold vs. Kennedy
(7/14/12) Woodley was knocked out by Nate Marquardt at 1:39 of the fourth round in a Strikeforce welterweight title fight
Rockhold vs. Jardine (1/7/12) Woodley won a three round split decision over Jordan Mein
Fedor vs. Henderson (7/30/11) Woodley won a three round unanimous decision over Paul Daley
Challengers 13 (1/7/11) Woodley won a three round unanimous decision over Tarec Saffiedine
Diaz vs. Noons 2 (10/9/10) Woodley knocked out Andre Galvao at 1:48 of the first round
Challengers 8 (5/21/10) Woodley won a three round split decision over Nathan Coy
Challengers 5 (11/20/09) Woodley submitted Rudy Bears via arm triangle choke at 2:52 of the first round
Challengers 3 (9/25/09) Woodley submitted Zach Light via armbar at 3:38 of the second round
Lawler vs. Shields (6/6/09) Woodley submitted Sal Woods via choke at 4:20 of the first round

 

Q&A

TRAINING: I get up and eat my Metabolic Meal to fuel the machine! Wrestling in the AM to ensure my strength stays sharp. Two hours later I do my circuit training and conditioning. Eat again, nap and bring the Beast out to play again at 7:45 p.m. with focus mitts and a jog. Protein shake and sleep by 10 p.m. That's my MWF. On the the odd days I spar in the AM and grapple in the PM. I usually get my sprints right in after I spar, and stretch and roll. Friday I do my versa climber sprints, yoga to loosen up for Saturday. We spar Saturday and do a field day: sled sprints, tire flips, battle ropes, and plyos. Sunday is church, rest, massage, recovery, and family time.
When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training after I graduated college. I started watching some of the wrestlers that were doing well in the sport and I thought my wrestling translated well, so I wanted to get in there and give it a try.
What ranks and titles have you held? Brown Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Do you have any heroes? Jesus, my Mom, and Ali......in that order
What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? I don't want to get caught up in the hype! I've had bouts with more at stake. So I want to relax and get the first one under my belt, put on a great show, declare war on all welterweights.
Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? University of Missouri grad. Studied Business, and currently halfway done in a Masters in Public Administration with an a focus on Non Profit
What was your job before you started fighting? College wrestling coach
Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 7-0 Amateur MMA, 48-0 high school state champ in wrestling, two-time high school All-American, Big-12 champ, two-time D-I college All-American, over 100 college victories
Specific accomplishments in pro competition? Victory over a very game Tarec Saffiedine
Favorite grappling technique: D’arce Choke
Favorite striking technique: Straight Right