While Tyron Woodley might want to face Matt Brown, the feeling apparently isn’t mutual.
Yesterday, Woodley said that MMA fans wanted to see him step into the Octagon with Matt Brown, who recently lost by decision to Robbie Lawler.
“Granted it’s one of the toughest fights, but it’s a good match-up, people love [Brown], he was a fight away from a title shot, ranked fifth, and fans would flip,” Woodley told MMAFighting yesterday. “I feel like he will bring the best out of me and test my limits. I respect him as a fighter and feel fighting him makes the most since for my career.”
Brown who is currently rehabbing his right hand wasn’t as confident about taking on Woodley.
“I just went to the doctor this morning for my hand so it’s going to be four weeks before I’m even cleared to spar, punch pads, do any hard core grappling,” Brown told FOX Sports. “I can do some light drills and stuff but my hand is still messed up so between now and then is when I’m really going to decide what happens. I feel like it’s fairly irrelevant at this point but I think Woodley or [Carlos] Condit it probably going to be along the same line I would think. Me and Condit were supposed to fight once before and I think that’s the fight everyone wants to see. I think out styles, the way they match up, is probably the most interesting fight out there. I’m open to whatever.”
Brown was set to face Condit last December, but was forced to withdraw after injuring two discs in his back the week of the fight. Condit was then booked against Woodley at UFC 171 in March, suffering a TKO loss after tearing both his ACL and meniscus.
“You never know how a fight’s going to go, but I would anticipate not a f**kin’ barnburner war,” Brown said of a matchup with Woodley. “That’s probably not what the fans would anticipate. Whether it is or not, god only knows. Condit is probably a f**kin’ barnburner. I can’t imagine it going any other way.”
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