Welterweight Tyron Woodley announced his presence in the UFC with a resounding boom this past Saturday night when he handed Jay Hieron his first finish in more than five years, knocking “The Thoroughbred” out less than a minute into their match-up at UFC 156. Prior to the victory Woodley had won all of his fights but one including victories over Paul Daley, Jordan Mein, and Tarec Saffiedine.
With an impressive showing in his UFC debut, Woodley is ready to move on to bigger and better things including opponents in the upper-echelon of the weight-class.
“People in the welterweight division need to know I’m here,” explained Woodley to Fuel TV shortly after beating Hieron. “I’ve never really thought about just making it to the UFC. In my mind, it was an inevitable process. I was gonna be in ‘the show’ and my goal is to be #1. I wanna fight, chop down that ladder. I would like one of the Top 5 guys and get myself in the running.”
The 11-1 Woodley is a wrestler by trade with power and a solid submission attack. Seven of his wins have involved a stoppage.
The full interview with Woodley can be viewed below:
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