Tyron Woodley

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Tyron Woodley
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BornTyron Lakent Woodley
(1982-04-07) April 7, 1982 (age 37)
Ferguson, Missouri, U.S.
Other namesThe Chosen One
T-Wood
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionWelterweight
Reach74 in (188 cm)[1]
StyleBoxing, Wrestling,
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofSt. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
TeamRoufusport
American Top Team
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2] under Din Thomas[3]
WrestlingNCAA Division I Wrestling[1]
Years active2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total24
Wins19
By knockout7
By submission5
By decision7
Losses4
By knockout1
By decision3
Draws1
Amateur record
Total7
Wins7
Losses0
Other information
UniversityUniversity of Missouri
Notable school(s)McCluer High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Tyron Lakent Woodley (born April 7, 1982) is an American professional mixed martial artist, rapper, broadcast analyst, and former UFC Welterweight Champion.[4] A professional since 2009, Woodley also fought in Strikeforce. As of April 16, 2019, he is #13 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings.[5]

Early life[edit]

Woodley was born and raised in Ferguson, Missouri. He was the eleventh of thirteen children born to Sylvester and Deborah Woodley. He was raised by his mother after his father left the family early in his life. In high school, he was a two-sport athlete, competing in American football and amateur wrestling.[6][7]

After graduating from McCluer High School in 2000, Woodley attended University of Missouri and joined their wrestling program. There, he became a two-time All-American; once in 2003 and again in 2005.[8] Woodley graduated from the university in 2005 with a major in Agricultural Economics.[9]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Woodley fought his first professional fight on February 7, 2009, against Steve Schnider. It was held by Headhunter Productions at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri. Woodley won via submission in the first round.[10]

Woodley's second professional bout was against Jeff Carstens on April 30, 2009. He won the bout via submission in the first round.[11]

Strikeforce[edit]

Woodley made his Strikeforce debut against Sal Woods in St. Louis, Missouri.[12] The fight was at the event Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields on June 6, 2009. Woodley won the fight by submission late in round one. After the win, Strikeforce signed Woodley to a six-fight deal.[13]

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.[14][15][16]

Woodley's next bout was against Nathan Coy at Strikeforce Challengers: Lindland vs. Casey in Portland, Oregon. He won via split decision.

On October 9, 2010, at Strikeforce: San Jose, Woodley defeated André Galvão via knockout midway in the first round.

Woodley fought Tarec Saffiedine on January 7, 2011, in Nashville, Tennessee at Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine.[17] Woodley won the fight via unanimous decision. After the win, Woodley was signed to a contract extension with Strikeforce.[18]

At Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson, Woodley replaced Evangelista Santos and fought Paul Daley. Woodley defeated Daley via unanimous decision.[19][20]

Woodley then fought Canadian prospect Jordan Mein at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine.[21] Woodley won via split decision.

Woodley faced Nate Marquardt on July 14, 2012, at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy for the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship.[22] He lost the fight via KO in the fourth round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Debut[edit]

Woodley faced Jay Hieron on February 2, 2013, at UFC 156 in his promotional debut, replacing an injured Erick Silva.[23] 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.[24] Woodley lost the fight via split decision.[25]

Woodley next faced off against Josh Koscheck at UFC 167 on November 16, 2013.[26] He won the fight via knockout in the first round. The win also earned him his first Knockout of the Night bonus award.[27]

Woodley next faced former Interim Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit at UFC 171.[28] Woodley won via TKO after Condit suffered a knee injury in the second round.[29]

On April 8, 2014, Woodley's new eight-fight contract with the UFC was announced alongside his match against Rory MacDonald at UFC 174.[30] 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.[31] He won the fight via TKO early in the first round.[32] The win also earned Woodley his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[33]

Woodley faced Kelvin Gastelum on January 31, 2015, at UFC 183 in a catchweight bout after Gastelum failed to make the welterweight limit.[34] He won the fight via split decision.[35]

Woodley was expected to face Johny Hendricks on October 3, 2015, at UFC 192.[36] It was announced on October 2, 2015, that Hendricks was forced out of the fight due to complications with weight cutting.[37]

UFC Welterweight Championship[edit]

Woodley faced welterweight champion Robbie Lawler on July 30, 2016, in the main event at UFC 201.[38] He won the fight via knockout halfway through the first round to claim the UFC Welterweight Championship.[39] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[40]

Woodley made his first title defense against Stephen Thompson on November 12, 2016, at UFC 205.[41] The fight ended in a majority draw with two judges scoring the fight 47–47 and the third 48–47 in favor of Woodley.[42] Subsequently, both fighters were awarded Fight of the Night bonus awards.[42][43]

The rematch with Thompson took place on March 4, 2017, in the main event at UFC 209. It was another closely contested bout with Woodley winning via majority decision.[44][45]

For his third title defense, Woodley faced Demian Maia on July 29, 2017, in the co-main event at UFC 214.[46] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[47] Woodley stated after the contest that he had torn his labrum in his right shoulder in the opening round. Woodley would later have reconstructive surgery to repair the damage.[48][49][50]

Woodley next defended the UFC Welterweight Championship against Darren Till on September 8, 2018, at UFC 228.[51] He won the fight via submission in the second round.[52] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[53] Woodley also received his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt in the cage from Din Thomas following his victory.[54]

In the fifth defense of his Welterweight title, Woodley faced Kamaru Usman on March 2, 2019, in the co-main event at UFC 235.[55] He lost the fight by unanimous decision, ending his nearly three-year reign as Welterweight champion.[56]

A rematch with Robbie Lawler is expected to take place on June 29, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 4.[57]

Personal life[edit]

Woodley is married and has four children. He has said that his goal is to open a non-profit facility for troubled youths one day.[58] When his hometown of Ferguson, Missouri engaged in civil unrest after the shooting of Michael Brown, Woodley publicly condemned the violent protests and lootings that took place.[59] Woodley has pursued acting in his spare time and played roles in both Straight Outta Compton, Kickboxer: Vengeance and Sultan, the latter being an Indian movie directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. He also appears in several fight scenes of Escape Plan 2: Hades. Additionally, he hosts a podcast called "Morning Wood with Deez Nutz" and a weekly internet web show on TMZ called "The Hollywood Beatdown".

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 19–4–1 Kamaru Usman Decision (unanimous) UFC 235 March 2, 2019 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 19–3–1 Darren Till Submission (D'Arce choke) UFC 228 September 8, 2018 2 4:19 Dallas, Texas, United States Defended the UFC Welterweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
Win 18–3–1 Demian Maia Decision (unanimous) UFC 214 July 29, 2017 5 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States Defended the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 17–3–1 Stephen Thompson Decision (majority) UFC 209 March 4, 2017 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Draw 16–3–1 Stephen Thompson Draw (majority) UFC 205 November 12, 2016 5 5:00 New York City, New York, United States Retained the UFC Welterweight Championship. Fight of the Night.
Win 16–3 Robbie Lawler KO (punches) UFC 201 July 30, 2016 1 2:12 Atlanta, Georgia, United States Won the UFC Welterweight Championship. Performance of the Night.
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 Salvador 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 TKO (submission to punches) Headhunter Productions: The Patriot Act 1 February 7, 2009 1 1:09 Columbia, Missouri, United States

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Filmography[edit]

2019
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Bully Beatdown Himself Episode: "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow"
2017 The Night Shift Travis Episode: "Do No Harm"
2019 Hawaii Five-0 Kalino (Gunman 1) Episode: "E'ao lu'au a kualima"

"Offer Young Taro Leaves to"

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Fight Life Himself [64]
2015 Straight Outta Compton T-Bone
2016 Sultan Tyron Wrestler[65]
2016 Kickboxer: Vengeance Fighter
2016 The Evolution of Punk Himself Documentary mini-series; appeared in final episode
2016 Breakout Skinhead
2017 Office Uprising Mario Post-Production
2017 The Favorite Nick Post-Production
2017 Escape Plan 2: Hades Akala

See also[edit]

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Achievements
Preceded by
Robbie Lawler
11th UFC Welterweight Champion
July 30, 2016 – March 2, 2019
Succeeded by
Kamaru Usman