Tyron Woodley works as a FOX UFC studio analyst on FS1 UFC WEIGH-IN, PREFIGHT, PRELIMS and POSTFIGHT SHOWS. Still a fighter, Woodley is currently the UFC’s welterweight champion, with a 16-3-1 mixed martial arts record.
Woodley won the UFC welterweight title by scoring a first-round knockout over dominant champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 in Atlanta on July 30, 2016. On his way to the title, Tyron won five of his seven UFC fights. He’s set to defend his title against Stephen Thompson in March, a rematch of their November 2016 title fight that ended in a draw.
Prior to the UFC, Woodley competed in Strikeforce, where he won eight fights in a row, before losing a closely fought title fight against Nate Marquardt. His MMA career began with an impressive 7-0 record, with all bouts ending by KO or submission.
Tyron was raised by his mother in a family of 13 children in Saint Louis, Missouri. Every day was a struggle to survive in his large family. Tyron narrowly avoided a troubled adolescence in an impoverished neighborhood that was rife with crime and drug problems.
Instead, Tyron chose to dedicate himself to academic goals and athletic achievements. In high school, he received an All-Conference Honors in football, was a two-time high school All American in wrestling, and accumulated a 48-0 record on his way to winning the 2000 Missouri State Wrestling title. On top of all these accomplishments, he still made honor roll every single term.
Tyron continued to excel at the University of Missouri where he was awarded first Big 12 Champion in Mizzou’s history, and was named a two-time wrestling All American. Following his amazing wrestling career, Tyron dove right into the world of mixed martial arts.
Outside of his MMA career, Tyron enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons in St. Louis, Missouri. Tyron help found the youth mentoring program P5 Protocol, which empowers, mentors and encourages inner-city male teens. Currently he travels mentoring and motivating high schools, athletes and companies.
In addition, Tyron recently opened his gym, ATT Evolution in the St. Louis suburb of Rock Hill. With it, he hopes to create a family-oriented environment for people of all skills and disciplines. ATT Evolution takes the history and discipline of wrestling, boxing, Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai and shapes it into an exceptional learning experience.
Woodley also has a budding Hollywood career, and has appeared in several movies, including roles in “Straight Outta Compton,” “Olympus Has Fallen” and “Sultan.” Follow Tyron on Twitter at: @TWooodley