Tyron Woodley will get his desired shot at Carlos Condit on March 15. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
A welterweight showdown between Carlos Condit and Tyron Woodley is now on tap for UFC 171.
UFC officials announced the booking on Tuesday. The March 15 event takes place at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas and will see Johny Hendricks battle Robbie Lawler in the main event for the vacant UFC welterweight title.
Condit was initially expected to compete at UFC on Fox 9 against Matt Brown, but a late injury to “The Immortal” scrapped the Dec. 14 pairing. UFC President Dana White later revealed that he hoped to book Condit at UFC 171, and Woodley reportedly asked the UFC boss for the opportunity to face “The Natural Born Killer.” Though White initially announced that Woodley would not receive the shot, the Strikeforce veteran’s persistence appears to have paid off.
Woodley, 31, has gone 2-2 in his last four fights after beginning his career with 10 consecutive victories. Both of Woodley’s UFC wins have come in spectacular fashion, as the former NCAA Division I wrestling champion viciously knocked out Jay Hieron and Josh Koscheck in February and November, respectively.
Condit, 29, rebounded from back-to-back defeats in his last outing, when he avenged a 2009 defeat to Martin Kampmann by stopping the Dane with a flurry of strikes this past August at UFC Fight Night 27. “The Natural Born Killer” won the UFC interim title in 2012 but then lost a decision to former longtime champion Georges St. Pierre in their unification match roughly one year ago.