Tyron Woodley has taken the welterweight division in Strikeforce by storm, defeating some very tough and highly respected opposition. While he is happy to step into the cage to stop the rise of Canadian standout Jordan Mein at tomorrow night’s Strikeforce: Jardine vs. Rockhold event, he believes he personally should be fighting for the vacant title.
“I should be fighting for the title. I don’t know about him,” said Woodley in a conversation with Fighters.com. “I don’t think he has the kind of recognition and been on the scene long enough. He’s only got one Strikeforce fight, and has beat a guy that’s lost a couple fights. I think (Evangelista Santos) is a tough opponent, but he’s not the type of guy who he should beat and be fighting for a title afterward.”
Those may sound like harsh words, but Woodley says that he respects Mein’s talents, which was what brought him to taking the fight.
“It’s hard, because (Strikeforce) didn’t have anybody ready (for a title fight,) and I thought, ‘You know what? I should fight somebody I obviously respect and I think is an awesome fighter and brings a lot to the table. I remember when being in (Mein’s) shoes when I was trying to get myself on the map. He’s got the skills, and you saw that against ‘Cyborg’. So I mean, the threat is really there.”
In the end, regardless of the outcome, Woodley believes there is a title shot in his future.
“I think I should be fighting for the world title no matter what. Woodley blankly stated. “I mean, there are only so many fights in the world you can be (told) ‘Your next fight can be for the title.’ We’ve done that three or four times already, so at this point, it’s time to go ahead and do it. I mean, me and Paul Daley went at it, and I thought that could’ve definitely been for the belt.”
Woodley closed by saying it did not matter to him whom his opponent would be for a potential title fight.
Woodley meets Mein on the main card of tomorrow’s show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will be broadcast live on Showtime in the United States, and Superchannel in Canada.