UFC star Tyron Woodley is eager to get back in the cage and clean out the welterweight division as soon as possible.
The reigning welterweight king, who has been on the sidelines since having shoulder surgery, wants to defeat all his remaining challengers and move up a weight class.
“I kind of want to legitimately clean the division,” the 36-year-old told MMA Junkie.
“I wouldn’t mind fighting Rafael dos Anjos, Colby [Covington], [Kamaru] Usman, [Darren] Till, and at that point, unless another prospect emerges, I’ve cleaned out the division. And I’m the greatest welterweight of all time at that point. And then it’s time to go up to 185, and I want that belt.
“I want to finish off my division. When it’s all said and done, I did everything I could do there. I want to go up and challenge myself once again, and I want to try to win the belt at 185 and defend there and pretty much retire as a middleweight.”
These #WelterWhinners don’t really want to see me. Or These Hands! I’m ready to run the roster! @ufc don’t have a fighter sign that can beat me. Sorry guys I’ll be here for a bit. Thanks @tikighosn for the work and hospitality, @hansmolenkamp for being so clutch, @monsterenergy for letting me roar, and @circlekstores for the partnership! #AndFOREVER #TeamMonster #WeOutHere
Woodley’s last featured in a unanimous decision win over Demian Maia in July last year. While the his next opponent is yet to be decided, Woodley assures his return date is set in stone.
“I’m projected to be back August 4,” said the American.
“That’s when I want to fight. I want to fight in L.A. I’m ready. I’ve been starting to go 100 percent on a lot of things. Obviously I’m still doing rehab, still getting the strength back. But it’s not restricting me from a lot.”