When Tyron Woodley was rocking out in Strikeforce, he was a wrestler with tons of fast-twitch muscle making him quick and dangerous. But he didn’t get interesting until he jumped over the UFC, and amassed a bunch of wins in the Octagon. It was then that he started opening up with his strikes (he was always a little gun shy before).
Jay Hieron. Dong Hyun Kim. Robbie Lawler. Woodley started racking up the knockouts, and, well, here we are with Woodley the UFC’s welterweight champ.
At UFC 214, Woodley is going to need those knockout powers when he takes on Demian Maia, who will inevitably tie him in knots if they go to the ground. Can the former Strikeforce star manage it? I don’t know, but here’s some of Woodley’s handiwork.