DANA WHITE SAYS STEPHEN THOMPSON IS NEXT FOR WOODLEY AND CONOR WILL BE GOING BACK TO 145lbs
Las Vegas, NV (August 12th, 2016)– Dana White announced on UFC.com that Tyron Woodley will be facing Stephen Thompson next for the 170lb title and that after UFC 202, Conor McGregor will be defending his 145lb title win or lose.
“I fully expect Conor to come back and defend his 145-pound title,” White said. “I think that Nate feels his brother should have the fight at 170, but Nick is not going to come back and fight for the title right away. There are other guys deserving of a title shot. Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson is going to fight for the 170-pound title and then we’ll see what happens with Nick and Nate.”
Woodley originally wanted to fight either Nick Diaz who is coming off his suspension or George St. Pierre in a super fight. Thompson was not part of his initial plans and Woodley wanted a fight that was going to make him the most money in his first title defense.
“I want to make some money – I’ll be honest,” Woodley told MMAjunkie at the post-UFC 201 news conference at Philips Arena in Atlanta. “Goal 1 is to be the welterweight champion of the world, but I put in too much time, (and) I’m away from my family way too often. This is a sport where we can make cash now, so instead of just saying, ‘This person deserves it,’ I think Nick Diaz comes off suspension in two days. I would love to fight him at (UFC 202).”
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