Carlos Condit vs. Tyron Woodley Booked For UFC 171
It took a few days, but Carlos Condit now has an opponent for UFC 171 in Dallas, Texas, and it’s neither Nick Diaz or Jake Ellenberger. As was announced on Beyond the Octagon and later reaffirmed by the official news Twitter, Condit will be taking on currently unranked Tyron Woodley for the event.
"@UFC_UK: the text messages paid off! As announced on Beyond the Octagon, Carlos Condit will face Tyron Woodley at UFC 171" love it
— UFC News (@UFCNews) December 17, 2013
UFC president Dana White originally wanted Nick Diaz to fight Carlos Condit at UFC 171, but after the Stockton star turned down the fight, the floodgates opened to potential competitors. While Jake Ellenberger made it known that he would welcome the opportunity to take on Condit, it was Tyron Woodley who’s persistence in texting White clearly paid off, as he now has in front of him an opportunity of a lifetime.
Carlos Condit (29-7) is the #2 contender in the UFC’s welterweight division, and many believe he should be facing off in the headline bout against Johny Hendricks to decide who will pick up Georges St-Pierre’s vacated title. For Tyron Woodley (12-2), a victory over such a highly-regarded fighter in the division could vault him up the rankings and on the fast track to a title contest. Meanwhile, a win for Condit would merely solidify his position, but put him in a comfortable spot to take on the winner of Lawler-Hendricks.
Typically when a top contender takes on a fighter that is unranked inside the division, it’s often a “gimmie” fight intended to help keep them busy and push the narrative toward their next contest. Woodley, however, is anything but a free win. With losses only to Jake Shields and Nate Marquardt, as well as victories over the likes of Paul Daley, Tarec Saffiedine and Josh Koscheck, Woodley has proved he’s capable of winning against stiff competition when given the opportunity.
UFC 171 will take place on March 15th at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, and will feature a headline title fight between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler. Other notable fights announced for the card include Jake Shields vs. Hector Lombard and Diego Sanchez vs. Myles Jury.