Tyron Woodley beat Jordan Mein last night and, though the split decision verdict was a joke and Woodley was nothing but dominant, he turned in the kind of performance in doing so that makes most fans cringe before getting up to grab a fresh beer.
Still, the highly-touted wrestler is undefeated in ten pro fights with wins over guys like Paul Daley, Tarec Saffiedine and now Mein, which, in Strikeforce, pretty much sets you apart from the crowd. Following his lay-and-pray decision win over Mein, the 29-year-old pointed to the caliber of competition he’s faced and beaten as reason enough to be considered at the top of the division.
“My last three opponents have all been tough,” Woodley said. “People want to see you go out there and jump around and spin around like Jon Jones, but if you keep being told, ‘This fight might be for the title. You might fight Paul Daley or Andre Galvao or Tarec Saffiedine.’ All these guys are legitimate.
“You think about this kid Jordan Mein, who is definitely taller than six-foot, I’ll tell you that right now – these people are coming to win, and they’re coming to knock you out. For you to be able to endure and implement your gameplan and go out there and try to defeat them, I think there’s a lot of risk.”
So confident is Woodley, that he doesn’t sound like he’ll settle for anything less than fighting for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title in his next outing.
“I need that belt,” Woodley said. “The next time I walk into the cage, the next time I fight, I want a belt on the table for it. That’s hopefully what these guys want to present.”