Tyron Woodley doesn’t want to take anything away from Demian Maia.
But heading into their UFC 214 meeting for the welterweight title, the reigning champion isn’t looking at making a huge career splash with a win over Maia.
“It’s one step, but it’s not a huge step to be honest,” Woodley said during a conference call earlier this week. “Obviously there’s a guy named Georges St-Pierre that’s out there talking about still fighting. There’s other welterweights like Nick Diaz, who is, in my opinion, a lineal Top-10 welterweight. There’s other fights and other things that could make me the greatest welterweight.”
Woodley (17-3-1) has won seven of his 10 UFC fights, including a victory over Robbie Lawler for the belt and a decision win earlier this year vs. Stephen Thompson in defense of the title.
Maia (25-6) is a former middleweight title contender who owns 19 career wins inside the Octagon.