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Tyron Woodley

Tyron "The Chosen One" Woodley

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  • Given Name: Tyron Lakent Woodley
  • MMA Record: 17-3-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Chosen One
  • Current Streak: 4 Wins
  • Age: 35 | Date of Birth: 1982.04.17
  • Last Fight: March 04, 2017 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: American Top Team
  • Height: 5'9" (176cm) | Reach: 74.0" (188cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $1,502,425 USD
  • Born: Ferguson, Missouri, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • College: University of Missouri
  • Foundation Style: Wrestling

Tyron Woodley Welterweight Ranking History

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Tyron Woodley MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Decision | Majority
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Stephen Thompson
16-3-1 13-1-1

Us UFC 209: Woodley vs. Thompson 2
Main Event | Title Defense | Welterweight | 170

2017.03.04
Odds: +115 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $500,000 ($400K Base, $100K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Draw | Decision | Majority
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us Stephen Thompson
16-3-0 13-1-0

Us UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor
Co-Main Event | Title Defense | Welterweight | 170

2016.11.12
Odds: +170 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 169.8 lbs (77.0 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta | Walkout Music: Thi'sl feat. FLAME - I Ain't Turning Back
#12 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2016
UFC 205 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:12 Round 1 of 5

Us Robbie Lawler
15-3-0 27-10-0

Us UFC 201: Lawler vs. Woodley
Main Event | Title Challenge | Welterweight | 170

2016.07.30
Odds: +115 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $390,000 ($270K Base, $70K Bonus, $50K Perf/Night) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#13 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2016
UFC 201 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Johny Hendricks UFC 192 2015.10.03
Reason: Hendricks Weight Cut Issues
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Kelvin Gastelum
14-3-0 11-0-0

Us UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz
Co-Main Event | Catchweight | 180 lbs

2015.01.31
Odds: -215 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $139,000 ($74K Base, $65K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean | Injuries Sustained: Woodley Broken Foot
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:01 Round 1 of 3

Kr Dong Hyun Kim
13-3-0 19-2-1

Mo UFC Fight Night 48: Bisping vs. Le
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.08.23
Odds: -210 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Leon Roberts
UFC Fight Night 48 Performance of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ca Rory MacDonald
13-2-0 16-2-0

Ca UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.06.14
Odds: -105 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
2:00 Round 2 of 3, 7:00 Total

Us Carlos Condit
12-2-0 29-7-0

Us UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.03.15
Odds: +160 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Jacob Montalvo
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:38 Round 1 of 3

Us Josh Koscheck
11-2-0 17-7-0

Us UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.11.16
Odds: -130 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $154,000 ($52K Base, $52K Bonus, $50K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#27 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC 167 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Jake Shields
11-1-0 27-6-1

Ca UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.06.15
Odds: -220 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:36 Round 1 of 3

Us Jay Hieron
10-1-0 22-6-0

Us UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.02.02
Odds: -160 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $87,000 ($43,500 Base, $43,500 Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#11 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:39 Round 4 of 5, 16:39 Total

Us Nate Marquardt
10-0-0 31-10-2

Us Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy
Co-Main Event | Vacant Title | Welterweight | 170

2012.07.14
Odds: -120 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $43,425 Base | Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs (76.9 kgs) | Referee: Dave Hagen
#23 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
#13 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ca Jordan Mein
9-0-0 24-7-0

Us Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.01.07
Odds: -310 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $60,000 ($30K Base, $30K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Chris Tognoni
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Gb Paul Daley
8-0-0 27-10-2

Us Strikeforce: Fedor vs Henderson
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.07.30
Odds: -280 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Be Tarec Saffiedine
7-0-0 10-2-0

Us Strikeforce Challengers 13: Woodley vs. Saffiedine
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.01.07
Odds: -190 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.2 lbs (77.2 kgs) | Referee: Greg Franklin
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:48 Round 1 of 3

Br Andre Galvao
6-0-0 5-1-0

Us Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.10.09
Odds: -265 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $15,000 ($7,500 Base, $7,500 Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Nathan Coy
5-0-0 8-2-0

Us Strikeforce Challengers 8: Lindland vs Casey
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.05.22
Odds: -445 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $9,000 ($4,500 Base, $4,500 Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Dave Hagen
Win | Submission | Choke
2:52 Round 1 of 3

Us Rudy Bears
4-0-0 10-3-0

Us Strikeforce Challengers 5: Woodley vs. Bears
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2009.11.20
Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs)
Win | Submission | Armlock
3:38 Round 2 of 3, 8:38 Total

Us Zach Light
3-0-0 6-8-0

Us Strikeforce Challengers 3: Kennedy vs. Cummings
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2009.09.25
Odds: -1090 (Huge Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $5,000 ($2,500 Base, $2,500 Bonus) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs)
Win | Submission | Choke
4:20 Round 1 of 3

Us Sal Woods
2-0-0 2-5-0

Us Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2009.06.06
Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Mike England
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Jeff Carstens

Us Pennsylvania Regional

2009.04.30
Win | Submission | Punches

Us Steve Schneider

Us Missouri Regional

2009.02.07
Amateur Results Opponent Event Date
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Willie Dale

Us Missouri Regional

2007.06.15
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Alex Carter

Us Shooto

2006.02.03

Tyron Woodley Wiki Update Wiki

Woodley is a bright MMA prospect with some solid wrestling credentials. He is a former Missouri high school wrestling state champ and a 2 time NCAA D1 All American at the University of Missouri alongside current Bellator Welterweight champion, Ben Askren. Woodley's wrestling and athleticism is very evident in his fighting style. 


Woodley tried out for The Ultimate Fighter 9 as an amateur and was one of the final cuts before the show started. Woodley then made his Strikeforce debut in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Although he is still early in his career Tyron has already beat some of the best Welterweights outside of the UFC with his biggest victory coming against UFC veteran Paul Daley. He also boasts victories over fellow top prospects Jordan Mein and Tarec Saffiedine. Tyron recently lost to Nate Marquardt in a fight for the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship.  A key to this fight was Woodley choosing to switch chances in attempt to surprise Marquardt with different angles of punches. However, the veteran Marquardt  was well prepared for different stances, while the less experienced Woodley was less ready to defend. Marquardt was able to rock Woodley several times whenever the switch was attempted, before scoring the knockout in the fourth round.


Woodley would sign with the UFC following the closing of Strikeforce and would make his debut in spectacular fashion with a TKO over Jay Hieron. Hieron was a well respected veteran, but it only took the "Chosen One" 36 seconds to finish him. Woodley would then announce he would like to fight any of the welterweights fighting in the main card of UFC 158. He wouldn't get that wish but he would get a fight at UFC 161 against Jake Shields. He would end up losing a Split Decision to the former Strikeforce champ. He would bounce back and pick up his second UFC win when he finished Josh Koscheck in the first round of their fight at UFC 167. The TKO finish would earn Woodley Knockout of the Night.


Woodley would follow up with another win at UFC 171 when he took on Carlos Condit. After securing a takedown in the second round it seemed as though Condit was in a lot of pain. When the fight got back to the feet Woodley threw a leg kick and it buckled Condit's other knee doing serious damage. Woodley would take the win by TKO in the second round. Woodley would look to get a step closer to a title shot at UFC 174 when he faced Rory MacDonald but would come up short losing a decision. He has already scheduled another fight as a replacement for Hector Lombard against Dong Hyun Kim. He was able to finish the Dong in the very first round earning a Performance of the Night bonus in the process. He would follow up with a split decision over Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum.

Last updated 02.06.2015, 9:12 AM ET
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