Tyron Woodley made those riding his hype train proud last night, pulling off the unanimous decision victory over Paul Daley in the exact fashion that most predicted he would.
Woodley hung on his feet with Daley for as long as he had to, even managing to get in some good strikes on the British slugger, but scored most of his points by capitalizing on Semtex’s improving but still weak takedown defense. The former NCAA Division-1 All American fought hard to put Daley’s back on the mat and he did it with frequency, controlling Semtex and avoiding his submission attempt en route to a deserved unanimous decision victory.
From here, the undefeated Woodley told MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani that he expects to be fighting for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight championship in his next outing.
“Definitely. I think I’m fighting for the world title next,” Woodley said when asked if he saw a championship fight in his near future. “I don’t think there should be any question. This is a tough dude, he’s not a fight where you just go in and smoke this guy. He’s a tough guy, I beat him in every area. He won a round, but I won the other two, so I was happy with my performance.”
As for who he’ll be facing, it’s being rumored that Tarec Saffiedine — who beat up Scott Smith last night — will stand opposite him in a fight for the belt. However, that’s not the most appealing bout for Woodley, considering that he defeated him once this year already.
“I don’t know who they’re gonna match me up (with),” said Woodley. “I don’t think Saffiedine because he already lost to me. I think he might have another fight or two to win before he gets himself back up there. So, I don’t know. I’m curious to know though.”