UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley didn’t make any new fans tonight with his five round unanimous decision victory over Demian Maia, but he did earn a spot right back near the top of UFC President Dana White’s proverbial sh*tlist.
Changing his tune from before the fight, White confirmed that returning former welterweight legend Georges St. Pierre will return from an extended absence to fight Michael Bisping, not the winner of Tyron Woodley versus Demian Maia as originally planned. White confirmed that he changed his mind “around round fu**ing five” of the Woodley versus Maia fight.
Woodley and Maia broke the record for the least amount of combined strikes in a five round championship bout. Maia also attempted 23 takedowns during the contest. None of them were successful.
White fielded plenty of questions from various media members at the UFC 214 post fight presser in regards to the Woodley situation but would not budge on his decision to give the GSP fight back to Bisping. “I know Michael Bisping will fight, Michael Bisping will show up and he will fight,” White repeated, taking a jab at Woodley’s “safe” performance against Maia.
The St. Pierre versus Bisping fight will be contested for the middleweight title later this year, likely at the November 4th Madison Square Garden show, the same show Woodley was going to fight GSP at. Interim champ Robert Whittaker, who is currently sidelined due to a knee injury, will take on the winner. White also hinted that Robbie Lawler may be next for Woodley. Woodley KO’d Lawler to win the title last summer at UFC 201. The “Ruthless” one was able to bounce back with a unanimous decision victory over Donald Cerrone last night, nearly one year to the date of losing his title.