“I would say ‘targeted,’ ‘in the works,’ I would say that’s accurate. I would like to think this is officially…You know, Jon Jones fought April 23, then he was ‘officially’ fighting Daniel Cormier. These guys had a bout agreement signed, then he was on a press tour. I understand the game. I’m not a sensitive guy. But I realize I’m one fight away from not having any other fighter dictate my future… All I have to do is perform, then you won’t have ‘targeted,’ you won’t have ‘in the works.’ You will have a bout agreement. You’ll have it signed… Both guys have agreed to the fight, but the bout agreement has not been signed. It’s a crazy world, man. It’s targeted for [UFC] 201, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see us fighting on 200.”
-Tyron Woodley talks to MMAFighting.com about his in-the-works title fight with Robbie Lawler and where it could ultimately end up.
Penick’s Analysis: If the UFC wants to add one more main card fight to UFC 200, this makes for a decent co-main event. It’s not a highly compelling title fight, because Woodley will have been out of action for a year and a half by then. He’s a default option at this point, and so headlining a pay-per-view could make it more of a throwaway event. If it’s just one of many title fights at UFC 200, it could fit in a bit more. Lawler’s the bigger draw, of course, and could be a compelling enough fighter to get people to tune in, but a lot of fighters need the right opponent to make that happen.
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