Tyron Woodley is a perfect 10-0 in his MMA career, including recent wins over the likes of Jordan Mein, Paul Daley and Tarec Saffiedine.
Now, Woodley will take on his biggest test, as he meets Nate Marquardt on July 14 for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title. The two will comprise the co-main event for Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy from Portland on Showtime.
Woodley has achieved high levels of success at every stop he’s made, winning Missouri high school state titles, becoming a two-time NCAA All-American and now competing for Strikeforce gold.
“My goal is to exploit weaknesses, find gaps and openings,” said Woodley, during a recent media conference call. “At the end of the day, it’s all about imposing your will on your opponent.”
Since earning three straight decision victories, Woodley has heard plenty of heat from fans about not finishing his opponents. He touched on that subject, as well.
“You don’t try to finish,” Woodley said. “It’s not like you make a decision. Some guys just don’t want to be put away; I don’t want to be put away. Look at my record. Of my 10 fights, six are finishes.”
Marquardt is a former UFC championship contender. He returned to Zuffa and Strikeforce after being released last year.
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