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Tyron Woodley in line for Strikeforce welterweight title fight with win in January

Strikeforce is planning on filling the vacant welterweight championship in the coming year, and Tyron Woodley is in line to fight for it.

If Woodley can get past Jordan Mein on January 7 at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker says Woodley will be in the title fight against an opponent yet to be determined.

Woodley has risen up from the Strikeforce Challengers series to put himself in contention with a win over Paul Daley earlier this year, improving his record to 9-0.

“Yeah, I think you have to look at it that way. Tyron Woodley, he’s a product of our Challengers show, if you remember when we first discovered Tyron, and he’s proven to be an amazing fight,” said Coker, while appearing on MMA Weekly’s radio show recently. “He’s beaten some of the top guys and his fight with Paul Daley, I think that kind of put the icing on the cake.”

Coker mentioned maybe bringing in an established fighter to meet Woodley for the title, or giving the opportunity to another one of Strikeforce’s up and coming stars.

“I’m going to have to sit back and talk with Sean (Shelby) and find out what they have in store for new guys coming in. It might be one of the old guys, it might be a new guy,” Coker said. “Sometime I think before summertime in 2012 you’ll see a welterweight title fight. T-Wood if he wins and another opponent.”


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