Tyron Woodley on Robbie Lawler into UFC 201: “I’m not going to be scared to f*** him up”

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

“All I’m seeing is the gold around his waist. I’m not his friend, I’m not going to try and be nice and I’m not going to be scared to f*** him up… We had been talking about it since January, and there were so many different choices with GSP, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. Even when I signed a bout agreement, it still didn’t feel like things were going to happen but as soon as I got into training camp and started watching film, it just got real man. I had that breakthrough training session today. Man, I’m just too fast, too well-rounded to be denied in this fight… I’m well-rounded, I can grapple, I can wrestle, I can Jiu Jitsu, I can sprawl, I can brawl, I got one-punch K.O. power, and just having a person who knows it’s their time—that’s a dangerous dude to be fighting. I got a family; I ain’t a young puppy anymore. It’s the perfect time for me to go out there, win this belt and reign.”

-Tyron Woodley talks to Jim Edwards at FloCombat.com about his UFC 201 title fight with ATT teammate Robbie Lawler.

Penick’s Analysis: It doesn’t seem their shared team will keep them from performing as they normally would, but I’d say the more pressing concern is how he deals with the layoff. He hasn’t fought since the beginning of last year, and even in that fight it wasn’t his best performance. It’s one of the reasons their decision to go with him for this shot didn’t make as much sense. But that’s the fight they’ve made, that’s the fight they’re going with, and Woodley’s going to try to take full advantage.

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