Tyron Woodley has been staying active despite not having had a fight since early in 2015.
Woodley challenges Robbie Lawler for the welterweight title this Saturday night at UFC 201.
The former standout college wrestler has been preparing, training and even filming movie roles since he bested Kelvin Gastelum last year. But is the dreaded “ring rust” a concern for Woodley?
“I don’t believe in ring rust,” he said, during a recent interview on UFC Tonight. “That’s if I was being rusty, not watching fights, not training, not staying in shape and not staying positive. You can’t charge that to my charge card. I’ve had a training camp. I’ve been working and training. I’ve been out of site and out of mind. I’ve got some things I’ve been working on.”
Woodley knows who he is going up against in Lawler, as the two are both fighting under the American Top Team banner.
“He might be red hot, but I’m ice cold. I’m a better fighter, better grappler, better wrestler, I’m a cleaner striker, I’m faster, I’m just as strong and I have just as much power,” he said. “If you think of skill sets, they are skills. Toughness isn’t a skill set. I have the toughness, the heart, a better skill set and in my mind, I’m a better fighter.”