Tyron Woodley isn’t interested about answering questions about anything other than his scheduled welterweight title defense against Demian Maia ahead of UFC 214.
Although UFC President Dana White has repeatedly stated former longtime UFC champ Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) will be next for the Woodley (17-3-1 MMA, 7-2-1 UFC) vs. Maia (25-6 MMA, 19-6 UFC) winner, “The Chosen One” isn’t exactly buying it, nor is he thinkings about it.
Woodley, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, wants to keep the entirety of his focus on his third 170-pound title defense, which takes place Saturday against No. 5-ranked grappling ace Maia. When he was asked the possibility of a fight with St-Pierre next at Thursday’s UFC 214 open workouts, he explained why he doesn’t care to discuss the potential matchup.
“At the end of the da,y that’s what happens when fighters are looking too far down the road. You get your ass whooped. You think about Georges St-Pierre – I got Demian Maia, who is on a seven-fight win streak. Everybody who has a great answer – ‘just don’t let him take you down’ – he still takes them down and gets on their back and beats them. So with that said, it’s not in stone. I’ve never seen a bout agreement. Georges St-Pierre hasn’t communicated to me or my management team that we’re fighting next. So with that said, a victory against Demian Maia, that opens doors for everything else. In defeat, there’s no Georges St-Pierre, there’s no Nick Diaz, there’s no other fight after that. So, for all you guys, I really don’t want to talk about Georges. Georges knows where the (expletive) I’m at. If he wanted to fight me, Demian Maia would have never been in this spot, it would have been me and Georges. So I think he’s playing games. He was on a podcast earlier this week talking to (Michael) Bisping about fighting Bisping. So let me focus on Demian Maia. Let’s give him the respect that he deserves. He’s a world-class fighter. Though the fans don’t appreciate jiu-jitsu, even though it’s built the UFC, I respect jiu-jitsu. I respect what he brings to the table. I don’t want to talk about Conor (McGregor), Floyd (Mayweather) or (expletive) Georges St-Pierre. I’m just being real.”
UFC 214 takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Woodley meets Maia in the pay-per-view co-headliner following prelims on FXX and UFC fight Pass.