Tyron Woodley says even though it’s no-win situation, he’ll fight McGregor if that’s what UFC wants (w/Cervantes Analysis)

By Jonathan Cervantes, MMATorch contributor

Tyron Woodley (photo credit Adam Hunger © USA Today Sports)

UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley fought a competitive bout against Stephen Thompson that ended in a controversial “majority draw.”

Although Dana White said he thought Stephen Thompson deserved an immediate rematch, Woodley wasn’t so quick to agree. “I’m going to talk to my management team,” he said. “We’re going to see what’s next for me.”

Asked about the prospect of fighting Conor McGregor, Woodley said he thought he’d do well but also acknowledged it would be a no-win situation for himself. “I just don’t think Conor understands the pressure I can put on him and the power I can put on him and all the different attacks,” he said. “I think it’s good for media, but in general, man, I don’t know how I can win. If I beat him, everyone’s going to say I’m supposed to beat him and that he’s a former featherweight. And if I lose to him, we know what’s going to happen there.”

He did, however, acknowledge that if the UFC and McGregor really wanted to put the fight together, he would be happy to do so. “If he wants to fight, we can sign it right now,” he said. “I’m good on the fight. I just don’t think it’s a good idea for him to fight me.”

Woodley and Thompson earned Fight of the Night for their efforts in a very close bout.

Cervantes Analysis: The fight was incredible and, given the result, I would love to see an immediate rematch. The back and forth exchanges, Thompson’s grit and the drama all made for an excellent fight that could not have gone better for the UFC at the Garden. It’s one of those fights that raised the stock of both fighters involved. As far as a potential fight with McGregor, I don’t think we should ever doubt the possibility after all McGregor has done so far and the fact that he usually gets whatever he wants. Either way, there are a lot of interesting options and developments for Woodley going forward.

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