Welterweight champion Tyron
Woodley revealed on UFC Tonight on Wednesday that he will put
his belt on the line against top contender Demian Maia
on July 29 in Anaheim, Calif.
“He’s coming for the belt. Guess what: I ain’t giving it up easy,”
Woodley said. “I’ve been training, cutting those angles, making
sure I leave that head up. I know he’s gonna try to go for the
legs, try to put me on the ground and work his jiu-jitsu game, so I
will be very, very well prepared for this fight. I’m excited man.
Going out there one more time and defending my belt.”
Woodley is unbeaten in his last five Octagon appearances. “The
Chosen One” captured 170-pound gold with a first-round knockout of
Lawler at UFC 201 last July and then battled Stephen
Thompson to a majority draw in his first defense at UFC 205.
Woodley got some closure in the rematch with “Wonderboy,” as he
captured a majority decision over five rounds in his most recent
outing at UFC 209 on March 4.
Maia, meanwhile, has patiently worked his way to the top of the
division, winning seven consecutive fights since May 2014. During
that time, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace has bested the likes of
Condit, Matt Brown,
Nelson and Neil Magny in
impressive fashion. The 39-year-old Maia owns a 25-6 career mark,
with 12 of those triumphs coming via submission.