UFC welterweight Tyron Woodley announced his arrival in the organization a few months back with a 36-second knockout of Jay Hieron. With a showdown against Jake Shields set for this weekend at UFC 161, Woodley has another chance to show he belongs with the best albeit on a bigger scale given his foe’s standing as an elite grappler who held Strikeforce gold, and that’s exactly how the 31-year old wants it.
“The whole goal that entire camp was to make a statement. I not only wanted to make a statement to myself but also the team I fight for and the promotion. The UFC needed to see that I was there now and (I) put everyone on notice,” said Woodley to Bleacher Report on the subject of his win over Hieron. “I think I’m ready, man. I don’t need to be powdered up. I’ve asked for tough fights on purpose. Feed me to the wolves. I already know who they are. It’s not like they have some secret animal they are going to unleash inside the cage. I already know who the wolves are in the welterweight division and I’m ready to fight any of them.”
The 11-1 Woodley also holds past wins over Jordan Mein, Paul Daley, and Tarec Saffiedine. Comparably, Shields is 27-6-1 with ten submission victories notched on his record.