Tyron Woodley: “Shields is a specialist.”

UFC welterweight Tyron Woodley picked up his first win in the octagon against Jay Hieron at UFC 156 by knockout just 40 seconds into the first round, and next up for the welterweight is a scrap with Jake Shields at UFC 161: Evans Vs Henderson at the MTS Centre in Manitoba, Canada. Woodley’s only loss to date was his final Strikeforce fight against Nate Marquardt for the vacant title, and since rebounding against Hieron he plans on continuing his winning ways. In a recent interview, Woodley says he expects to win this match because Shields is only good at one thing.

Woodley told Sherdog:

“He’s on his way out. He’s a specialist. That’s what happened with Royce Gracie-Matt Hughes and when Matt Hughes met GSP, and that’s what’s going to happen when Jake meets me on June 15.”

“He’s the Last of the Mohicans. He’s like Royce Gracie — he’s the last grappler left in the game, if you think about it. He’s the last specialist. The problem is that I’m a good wrestler. I’m a good grappler. I’m a good striker. I’m in the best shape. … I think those things are the elements that he can’t control. When he tries to take me down and get me on the ground and get me to the one spot where he can win, and he can’t do that, now you’ve got to stand up. Now you’ve got to get hit. You’ve got to get kicked in the face. That’s the anxiety I want to put into his head, to say, ‘Hey, man, you can only win one way and you can’t even get to that spot to even have success.’ I think that’s going to give me the opportunity to exploit him and get him out of there.”

On why Shields has been so successful: “I’m giving him credit for what he is. He’s a great grappler. He’s probably the best grappler, especially on top, in the 170 division. Not many guys have his craftiness on top. It’s just streaming basics. He’s doing the basics. He’s not doing any crazy De La Riva or any kind of rubber guard. He’s just doing stuff and he’s consistent and he has great pressure.”

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