Things are heating up in the UFC’s welterweight division.
UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley was in attendance for UFC on FOX 26 and had a front row seat to watch a key bout.
Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos scored a decision win over former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC on FOX 26 at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Since he decided to move up in from lightweight to welterweight, he has gone 3-0 and appears to be the next in line for a crack at the belt.
Even though Woodley didn’t dispute his claim to be next in line, he wasn’t impressed with RDA’s performance against Lawler. It should be noted that the UFC champion is currently sidelined dealing with a shoulder injury that will need surgery.
After the event, Dos Anjos went on record by stating that he is more than willing to rest and wait for the champion to return.
“Was it a good performance?” Woodley told MMA Fighting on Friday. “If I had Robbie Lawler against the Octagon like that, would he have been alive or would he have been knocked the f*ck out? He’d have been knocked out.”
“I just think when you come to this welterweight level, you’re dealing with a different type of power,” Woodley said. “I feel like strategically, those guys look good, because the idea of a good fight to fans is a teeter-tottering, back-and-forth war.
But when you got a guy that’s known for his jiu-jitsu, leg kicks and takedowns and he doesn’t use those when those are there, it’s not that great of a performance.
“When you got Robbie against the Octagon and he’s throwing punches in bunches and he’s swinging, hitting elbows and hitting with MMA gloves, yeah he threw 100 punches, but how many actually landed? How many did significant damage? If I get Robbie against the cage, it’s gonna take a couple and he’s gonna go down.
Put Stephen [Thompson] against the cage, it took a couple and he went down. Nate Marquardt. Anybody, in win or defeat, if I see the chin and I hit it, they go down.”
“I’m looking forward to fighting people who their brands are larger than mine. I’m not looking to bring somebody up,” Woodley said. “I’m in a position where I did that already. I’ve already sought out to fight the guy with a brand, so that I could project myself and bring myself up.
I’m just not interested in promoting other people, man. I worked so hard to self-promote myself. I don’t have no agent. I’m out there in these streets and I’m hustling. Until someone can show me they’re doing the same thing or truly deserve the No. 1 contender, I’m good.”
“I wasn’t really impressed,” Woodley said. “I wasn’t impressed.”