New UFC Champ Tyron Woodley Wants Nick Diaz or Georges St-Pierre Fight

Trent Reinsmith
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Sorry Stephen Thompson, but if Tyron Woodley gets his way your title shot is not going to come any time soon.

On Saturday, Tyron Woodley became the UFC welterweight champion, earning a first-round knockout victory over now former champion Robbie Lawler. The win should have set up Thompson, who defeated Rory MacDonald in June, for a title fight against Woodley. But Woodley has no interest in fighting Thompson, at least not in his first title defense.

At the UFC 201 post-fight press conference, Woodley, who turned pro in 2009, said he has his eyes on fighting former champion Georges St-Pierre or Nick Diaz.

"These guys are legends," Woodley said. "Nick Diaz is a top-five welterweight of all time in my eyes. Georges St-Pierre is the No. 1 welterweight in my eyes. If I'm an athlete in this sport, in this division, and I want to say I'm the best in the world, I feel like I should compete against those guys. So I don't feel any obligation to go by the rankings. We all know how those rankings are produced anyway."

Diaz is currently serving a marijuana-related suspension that comes to an end this week. With that in mind Woodley thinks UFC 202 would be a perfect card for his fight against Diaz.

“I think Nick Diaz comes off suspension in two days," Woodley said. "I would love to fight him on 202. I know his brother (Nate) is fighting. I think he deserves it. He's a guy that's been around the sport. He's put a lot of butts in the seats, sold a lot of pay-per-views. So why not put him on a big card with Conor (McGregor) and his brother? I know he's training already."

If Diaz at UFC 202 is not in the cards for Woodley, he would gladly face St-Pierre at UFC 205 in New York in November.

As for why he doesn’t want to fight Thompson, well, it’s all about that money.

"I want to make some money now," Woodley said. "I'm gonna be honest. Goal one is to be the welterweight champion of the world, but I put in too much time. I'm away from my family way too often. This is a sport where we can make cash now, instead of just saying this person deserves it, he worked his way through the ranks."

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