Tyron Woodley

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Tyron Woodley
Woodley in 2010
Born (1982-04-17) April 17, 1982 (age 34)
Ferguson, Missouri, United States
Other names T-Wood, Ty Woodley, The Chosen One, T-Bone,
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Reach 74.0 in (188 cm)[1]
Style Wrestling
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida

American Top Team

Rank Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2] under Ricardo Libório[citation needed]
Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestling[2]
Years active 2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 15
By knockout 5
By submission 5
By decision 5
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By decision 2
Amateur career
Total 7
Wins 7
Losses 0
Other information
University University of Missouri
Notable school(s) McCluer High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Tyron Lakent Woodley[3] (born April 17, 1982) is an American mixed martial artist and a former amateur wrestler for the University of Missouri. He is currently signed by the UFC, competing in the welterweight division. As of March 8, 2016, he is #3 in official UFC welterweight rankings.[4]

Early life[edit]

Tyron Woodley was born and raised in Ferguson, Missouri, an area a few miles from St. Louis, Missouri. He was born eleventh of the 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.[5][not in citation given][6]

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 was forced to resign. He decided he would attend Mizzou and help rebuild the wrestling team.[7] Tyron Woodley graduated from Mizzou in 2005 with a major in Agricultural Economics.[8] He is a teammate of Current MMA fighter and 2008 Olympian Ben Askren.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Tyron Woodley got his start after walking into a local MMA gym and asked the owner about participating on the gym's amateur fight card happening in the next month. The owner trained him a little, and put him on the card. The fight lasted 20 seconds with Woodley walking away victorious. He collected a perfect 7-0 record in amateur bouts with all bouts being finished by a KO or submission.[citation needed]

Still an amateur, Woodley attended the open tryouts for the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter. He was one of the final cuts before the show started.[9]

Woodley fought his first professional fight on February 7, 2009, it was held by Headhunter Productions at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri. His opponent was Steve Schnider.[10] The fight streamed live on Purefight.org. Woodley won his second fight by submitting Jeff Carstens.[11]


Woodley made his Strikeforce debut in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. 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.[12]

Woodley 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.[13][14] After his win over Bears, Woodley signed on with EA Sports to take part in their upcoming MMA based game, EA Sports MMA.[15]

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.

Woodley headlined his second Strikeforce Challengers event at Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine, when he fought Tarec Saffiedine on January 7, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.[16] Using effective clinch work and take downs, Woodley won the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28). After the win, Woodley claimed to be the number one contender for the welterweight title. Strikeforce then signed an extension to Woodley's contract, giving him four more fights and better pay.[17]

During the Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley event Woodley wore a shirt that had the words, "I Got Next", printed on the front implying he was the next to fight for the Strikeforce Welterweight Championship. At Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson, Tyron replaced Evangelista Santos and fought Paul Daley. Woodley controlled the fight with effective takedowns, and according to Compustrike, out struck Daley en route to a unanimous decision win. With the win, Woodley will likely fight for the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship.[18] “I verged to the left and avoided the iceberg,” Woodley told Showtime Sports shortly after the win. “I knew it was going to be a tough fight.... I knew I had to be slick and get inside of him, he’s strong guy. I couldn’t get frustrated when I didn’t take him down and (I had) to keep going for him. So that’s what I did.”[19]

Woodley fought Canadian prospect Jordan Mein at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine.[20] Woodley won via split decision.

Tyron faced Nate Marquardt on July 14, 2012 at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy for the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship.[21] He lost the fight via KO in the fourth round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Woodley faced Jay Hieron on February 2, 2013 at UFC 156 in his promotional debut, replacing an injured Erick Silva.[22] Woodley won the fight via KO at just 36 seconds of the opening round.

Woodley faced Jake Shields on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161.[23] The bout was contested on the feet for nearly its entirety in a largely uneventful fight where neither fighter was able to deliver any significant offense. Woodley lost the fight via a controversial split decision.[24]

Woodley next faced off against Josh Koscheck at UFC 167 on November 16, 2013.[25] He won the fight via a brutal knockout in the very first round., after a vicious right hook The win also earned him his first Knockout of the Night bonus award.[26]

Woodley next faced former Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit at UFC 171.[27] In round two, Woodley landed on Condit's right knee on a takedown. The referee stood the fight up for inactivity, and when Condit tried to step away after Woodley kicked his left knee, his right buckled, causing him to collapse in agony and the referee to award Woodley a TKO.[28]

On April 8, 2014, Woodley's new eight-fight contract with UFC was announced alongside with his match against Rory MacDonald at UFC 174.[29] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Woodley next faced Dong Hyun Kim on August 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 48, replacing Hector Lombard.[30] He won the fight via TKO early in the first round.[31] The win also earned Woodley his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[32]

Woodley faced welterweight prospect Kelvin Gastelum on January 31, 2015 at UFC 183 and declined 30% of Gastelum's fight purse for not making weight.[33] He won the fight via split decision thus handing Gastelum his first professional defeat.

Woodley was expected to face Johny Hendricks on October 3, 2015 at UFC 192.[34] It was announced on October 2, 2015 that Hendricks was forced out of the fight due to complications with weight cutting.[35]

Woodley is expected to face current champion Robbie Lawler on July 30, 2016 at UFC 201.[36]

Personal life[edit]

He is married and has 3 sons and a daughter.

He has expressed interest in someday opening up a non-profit facility for troubled youth.[37]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Professional wrestling[edit]

Amateur wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–3 Kelvin Gastelum Decision (split) UFC 183 January 31, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (180 lbs) bout; Gastelum missed weight.
Win 14–3 Dong Hyun Kim TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le August 23, 2014 1 1:01 Macau, SAR, China Performance of the Night
Loss 13–3 Rory MacDonald Decision (unanimous) UFC 174 June 14, 2014 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 13–2 Carlos Condit TKO (knee injury) UFC 171 March 15, 2014 2 2:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 12–2 Josh Koscheck KO (punches) UFC 167 November 16, 2013 1 4:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night
Loss 11–2 Jake Shields Decision (split) UFC 161 June 15, 2013 3 5:00 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win 11–1 Jay Hieron KO (punches) UFC 156 February 2, 2013 1 0:36 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–1 Nate Marquardt KO (elbows and punches) Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy July 14, 2012 4 1:39 Portland, Oregon, United States For the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship
Win 10–0 Jordan Mein Decision (split) Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine January 7, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–0 Paul Daley Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson July 30, 2011 3 5:00 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Win 8–0 Tarec Saffiedine Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine January 7, 2011 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 7–0 André Galvão TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II October 9, 2010 1 1:48 San Jose, California, United States
Win 6–0 Nathan Coy Decision (split) Strikeforce Challengers: Lindland vs. Casey May 21, 2010 3 5:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 5–0 Rudy Bears Submission (arm-triangle choke) Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Bears November 20, 2009 1 2:52 Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 4–0 Zach Light Submission (armbar) Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings September 25, 2009 2 3:38 Bixby, Oklahoma, United States
Win 3–0 Sal Woods Submission (D'Arce choke) Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields June 6, 2009 1 4:20 St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 2–0 Jeff Carstens Submission (rear-naked choke) Respect Is Earned: Brotherly Love Brawl April 30, 2009 1 0:48 Oaks, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 1–0 Steve Schnider Submission (punches) Headhunter Productions: The Patriot Act 1 February 7, 2009 1 1:09 Columbia, Missouri, United States


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Bully Beatdown Himself Episode: "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow"
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Sultan wrestler Wrestler[39]
2016 Kickboxer: Vengeance Filming
2015 Straight Outta Compton T-Bone
2013 Fight Life Himself [40]

See also[edit]


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  39. ^ Suparno, Sarkar (December 5, 2015). "Salman Khan to fight against UFC fighter Tyron Woodley in Sultan [PHOTOS]". The Times Group. International Business Times. Retrieved December 17, 2015. 
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