On a recent episode of UFC Tonight, the crew were discussing UFC Champion Conor McGregor’s all time record for being a champion who has not defended his belt the longest without injury. When Tyron Woodley was asked to put his two cents in, he sent this message to Conor.
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Tyron Lakent Woodley (born April 7, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist, actor and former collegiate wrestler for the University of Missouri. He is currently signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he competes in their welterweight division and is the reigning champion. He is known for holding notable victories over Tarec Saffiedine, Paul Daley, Jordan Mein, Jay Hieron, Josh Koscheck, Carlos Condit, Dong Hyun Kim, Kelvin Gastelum and Robbie Lawler, in which he would become the Welterweight Champion. In becoming the Welterweight Champion, he successfully defended his belt against Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia.
Tyron Woodley was born and raised in Ferguson, Missouri, an area a few miles from St. Louis, Missouri. He was born eleventh of thirteen children of Sylvester and Deborah Woodley. He was raised by his mother after his father left early in his life. In high school, he was on the honor roll every term, received All-Conference honors in football, was a two-time state finalist in wrestling finishing 48-0 and winning a state title.
After graduating from McCluer High School in 2000, he had offers from Nebraska, Northern Iowa, and Missouri. After going on his recruiting visit to Nebraska, he had verbally committed but later discovered Nebraska’s head wrestling coach had been forced to resign. He decided he would attend Mizzou and help rebuild the wrestling team. Tyron Woodley graduated from Mizzou in 2005 with a major in Agricultural Economics. He is a teammate of Current MMA fighter and 2008 Olympian Ben Askren.
Tyron Woodley made his Strikeforce debut against Sal Woods in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. He got the spot in the event after calling Robbie Lawler’s manager Javier Mendez, whose number was given to Woodley by Lawler at an NCAA wrestling tournament. The fight was at the event Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields on June 6, 2009. Tyron won the fight by submission late into round one. After the win, Strikeforce signed Woodley to an exclusive six-fight deal and plan on using him on most of the Showtime cards. Tyron made his second appearance for Strikeforce on the Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings card. He defeated Zach Light via submission in the second round.
On the Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Bears card, Woodley had his third fight for Strikeforce, defeating Rudy Bears via arm-triangle submission. The fight was the main event. After his win over Bears, Woodley signed on with EA Sports to take part in their upcoming MMA-based game, EA Sports MMA. Tyron won a split decision against Nathan Coy at Strikeforce Challengers: Lindland vs. Casey in Portland, Oregon. On October 9, 2010, at Strikeforce: San Jose, Woodley defeated André Galvão via knockout midway in the first round. This was Woodley’s debut on the main card of a major Strikeforce event.