Tyron Woodley’s persistence pays off, gets Condit matchup at UFC 171

Tyron Woodley and Carlos Condit
Tyron Woodley's excessive texting of Dana White earned him a shot against Carlos Condit.
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Mike Chiappetta

Mike Chiappetta has documented the fast-growing sport of mixed martial arts since 2006 for news organizations including SB Nation, NBCSports.com, FIGHT! Magazine, AOL and ESPN. He appears regularly as an analyst on countless television shows and radio programs, including CBS Radio and MMA Beat. Follow him on Twitter.


Terrorizing Dana White has apparently paid off for Tyron Woodley. The hungry UFC welterweight, who reportedly has texted White upwards of 15 times a day asking for various matchups, has been tapped for a major matchup, as he’s been placed in the spot opposite stud Carlos Condit at UFC 171.

White revealed the matchup on Tuesday night’s edition of BT Sports’ “Beyond the Octagon” in the UK.

It is easily the biggest matchup in Woodley’s career. He is coming off a first-round knockout over Josh Koscheck at UFC 167. The crushing finish garnered him a KO of the Night award, as well.

Woodley has won two of his three UFC appearances so far, with a controversial split-decision loss to Jake Shields as his only setback.

The spot opened up after an injury to Matt Brown and Nick Diaz’s decision to turn down the bout.

Initially, White said that Woodley (12-2) was not in line for the fight since he is not ranked in the top 10, but the UFC was keen on getting Condit on the UFC 171 card, possibly as insurance in the case of an injury to either headliner. In the main event, Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler are slated to battle for the belt recently vacated by long-reigning champion Georges St-Pierre.

However, with several other key welterweight already locked into matchups, and others on the injured list, Woodley gets the call.
Condit (29-7) is coming off a TKO win over Martin Kampmann in August.

UFC 171 takes place on March 15 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

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