|Born||Tyron Lakent Woodley|
April 17, 1982
Ferguson, Missouri, U.S.
|Nickname(s)||The Chosen One|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
American Top Team
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Din Thomas|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling|
|Years active||2006–present (MMA)|
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||University of Missouri|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Tyron Lakent Woodley (born April 17, 1982) is an American professional mixed martial artist, boxer, and broadcast analyst. He is a former UFC Welterweight Champion and went on to defend his title four times. A professional since 2009, Woodley also competed at Strikeforce and was an NCAA Division I collegiate wrestler for the Missouri Tigers, becoming a two-time All-American and Big 12 Conference champion.
Woodley was born and raised in Ferguson, Missouri. The eleventh of thirteen children, 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. Woodley won the Missouri 4A Men’s State Championship in 2000 in the 160 lb weight class.
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. Woodley graduated from the university in 2005 with a major in Agricultural Economics.
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.
Woodley's second professional bout was against Jeff Carstens on April 30, 2009. He won the bout via submission in the first round.
Woodley made his Strikeforce debut against Sal Woods in St. Louis, Missouri. 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.
Woodley fought Tarec Saffiedine on January 7, 2011, in Nashville, Tennessee at Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine. Woodley won the fight via unanimous decision. After the win, Woodley was signed to a contract extension with Strikeforce.
Woodley next faced off against Josh Koscheck at UFC 167 on November 16, 2013. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. The win also earned him his first Knockout of the Night bonus award.
Woodley next faced Dong Hyun Kim on August 23, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 48, replacing Hector Lombard. He won the fight via TKO early in the first round. The win also earned Woodley his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Woodley was expected to face Johny Hendricks on October 3, 2015, at UFC 192. It was announced on October 2, 2015, that Hendricks was forced out of the fight due to complications with weight cutting.
Woodley faced welterweight champion Robbie Lawler on July 30, 2016, in the main event at UFC 201. He won the fight via knockout halfway through the first round to claim the UFC Welterweight Championship. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Woodley made his first title defense against Stephen Thompson on November 12, 2016, at UFC 205. The fight ended in a majority draw with two judges scoring the fight 47–47 and the third 48–47 in favor of Woodley. Subsequently, both fighters were awarded Fight of the Night bonus awards.
For his third title defense, Woodley faced Demian Maia on July 29, 2017, in the co-main event at UFC 214. He won the fight by unanimous decision. 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.
Woodley next defended the UFC Welterweight Championship against Darren Till on September 8, 2018, at UFC 228. He won the fight via submission in the second round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award. Woodley also received his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt in the cage from Din Thomas following his victory. Woodley also gave Till his first loss in MMA.
In the fifth defense of his welterweight title, Woodley faced Kamaru Usman on March 2, 2019, in the co-main event at UFC 235. Woodley was dominated for the entire fight and lost by unanimous decision, ending his nearly three-year reign as welterweight champion.
Woodley was scheduled to face Leon Edwards on March 21, 2020, at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Edwards. However, the restrictions related to COVID-19 forced Edwards to withdraw as the event was meant to be moved from London to the United States, and the event was subsequently postponed indefinitely.
Woodley fought at UFC on ESPN+ 36 against longtime rival Colby Covington on September 19, 2020. Similar to his past two fights Woodley was dominated for four rounds, and eventually the bout was called as a technical knockout after he tapped out during the fifth round due to a rib injury.
Woodley faced Vicente Luque on March 27, 2021, at UFC 260. Uncharacteristically, Woodley came out swinging aggressively early into the bout, and after rocking Luque and being rocked himself multiple times on the feet, he was defeated by Brabo choke in round one. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award. Weeks later, it was announced that Woodley had fought out his contract after eight years competing in the promotion.
Before the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren main event took place, Woodley was involved in a backstage situation with Jake Paul and J'Leon Love, where he was mocked due to his inexperience in boxing and the result of Paul's bout against Woodley's long–time teammate Ben Askren was discussed. After Paul knocked out Askren, Woodley called out Paul. On May 31, 2021, news surfaced that Woodley had been scheduled to make his professional boxing debut against internet personality Jake Paul on August 29, 2021. Woodley became the first man to take Paul past the second round, but ultimately lost by split decision. One judge scored the fight 77–75 for Woodley, while the other two judges scored it 77–75 and 78–74 in favor of Paul.
On December 6, 2021, Woodley hopped in to replace injured undefeated prospect Tommy Fury for a rematch with Jake Paul on December 18. After a back-and-forth bout, Woodley was knocked out in the sixth round. At the time of the stoppage, Woodley was behind on the scorecards 49–46 (twice) and 48–46.
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".
Tyron has four children. He has said that his goal is to open a non-profit facility for troubled youths one day. When his hometown of Ferguson, Missouri engaged in civil unrest after the shooting of Michael Brown, Woodley publicly condemned the rioting and lootings that took place.
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||19 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||19–7–1||Vicente Luque||Submission (Brabo choke)||UFC 260||March 27, 2021||1||3:56||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||19–6–1||Colby Covington||TKO (rib injury)||UFC Fight Night: Covington vs. Woodley||September 19, 2020||5||1:19||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||19–5–1||Gilbert Burns||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Woodley vs. Burns||May 30, 2020||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|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 (Brabo 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 lb) 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 (leg kick)||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 (Brabo 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|
|2 fights||0 wins||2 losses|
|2||Loss||0–2||Jake Paul||KO||6 (8) 2:12||Dec 18, 2021||Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida, U.S.|
|1||Loss||0–1||Jake Paul||SD||8||Aug 29, 2021||Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.|
|1.||UFC 201||Lawler vs Woodley||July 30, 2016||Philips Arena||Atlanta, Georgia||240,000|
|2.||UFC 209||Woodley vs Thompson 2||March 4, 2017||T-Mobile Arena||Las Vegas, Nevada||200,000|
|3.||UFC 228||Woodley vs Till||September 8, 2018||American Airlines Center||Dallas, Texas||130,000|
|NCAA Championships Matches|
|2005 NCAA Championships 7th at 165 lbs|
|Loss||12–7||Matt Nagel||OT 2–4||March 17–19, 2005||2005 NCAA Division I National Championships|
|Win||12–6||Justin Nestor||MD 11–0|
|2003 NCAA Championships 8th at 165 lbs|
|Loss||9–5||Frank Edwards||0–3||March 20–22, 2003||2003 NCAA Division I National Championships|
|2002 NCAA Championships at 165 lbs|
|Loss||6–2||Doc Vecchio||OT 8–10||March 21–23, 2002||2002 NCAA Division I National Championships|
|2015||Straight Outta Compton||T-Bone|
|2016||The Evolution of Punk||Himself||Documentary mini-series; appeared in the final episode|
|2017||Escape Plan 2: Hades||Akala|
|2020||Cut Throat City||Loser|
|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"
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