Tyron Woodley landed a thunderous takedown in the second round Saturday night at UFC 171 against Carlos Condit.
While that was important in terms of his plan of action, it turned out to be even more important, as Condit suffered a knee injury upon hitting the canvas.
One swift kick to the other leg by Woodley in the round and this one was over – and the former NCAA wrestling standout made sure everyone knows what is next.
“We know what’s next: the title,” Woodley said. “I am going to use my performance money from the TKO to buy Dana White a Metro PCS phone.”
Woodley (13-2) has won two straight since a loss to Jake Shields via split decision. That includes a stoppage win over Josh Koscheck.
“I stepped up when nobody would,” Woodley said. “It’s time for my season.”
The finish was similar to that of Chris Weidman-Anderson Silva in December, as Condit was unable to continue after the injury. The way it went down wasn’t an issue to Woodley, who said “he knee gave out because I took him down.”
For Condit, the stoppage defeat was the first since a 2006 submission defeat vs. Pat Healy.