TUESDAY NEWS DIGEST 1/15: TJ Dillashaw wants to be GOAT, Woodley looking to move to middleweight, and more

By Cole Henry, mmatorch Contributor

TJ Dillashaw talks about his ultimate goal

TJ Dillashaw is a confident guy. He is a two-time Bantamweight Champion and he has the opportunity to add the Flyweight Championship to his collection when he competes against Henry Cejudo this coming weekend. But that’s not all that Dillashaw wants or sees for himself…

“It’s not just so much to be the champ-champ, it’s just that I feel that I’m the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world. I train very hard. I put everything in there, I’m a very well-rounded fighter, and it’s about time to get to prove it.” (Source: MMAJunkie)

Defeating Cejudo will do a lot for Dillashaw on his quest to become the MMA GOAT. He has also stated his intentions to potentially face Max Holloway in the future, and while that’s a bit of a long shot right now, it would sure be quite an accomplishment if he could pull it off. Much has been made about Dillashaw’s weight cut and if it will affect his performance Saturday night but its safe to say that he won’t be short on confidence.

Tyron Woodley planning a move to middleweight

Tyron Woodley has a title defense scheduled for the near future but that doesn’t seem to be stopping him from looking ahead. Woodley is the Welterweight Champion and he has competed in that division for his entire career, but it seems as though he might be interested in giving things a shot at Middleweight, at least according to his recent interview on Ariel Helwani’s MMA show.

Why not?” asked Woodley. “What better year? Wipe out the division clean, welterweight, and go up there and either beat ‘Fatsum’ up again or take out Robert Whittaker. They’re both welterweights anyway, they just don’t know how to cut weight.”

Of course, Woodley will need to get past Kamara Usman for any of this to become a reality but a future at middleweight could be interesting for him. Woodley does have a point in stating that the top two middleweights in the world right now (Robert Whitaker and Kelvin Gastelum) are former Welterweights, and Woodley already has a win over Gastelum to his name.

Jennifer Maia accepts a six-month suspension

UFC Flyweight Jennifer Maia has accepted a six-month USADA issued suspension following the conclusion of an investigation that showed that Maia unintentionally ingested the substances through a tainted supplement.

Kyle Stewart in for Dwight Clark at UFC Brooklyn

Following news that Dwight Clark will not be cleared by the New York Commission to compete against Chance Rencountre at the upcoming UFC Brooklyn card, it has been announced that UFC newcomer Kyle Stewart will be filling the void. Kyle Stewart vs. Chance Rencountre will take place on the undercard.

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