Tyron Woodley has many different tools to use when he steps inside the Octagon.
Woodley put his knockout power on display in his UFC debut earlier this year, stopping Jay Hieron. He is also a well-versed wrestler and a budding actor.
The recently-released major motion picture “Olympus Has Fallen” doesn’t star Woodley. However, if you look closely, you can see him die several times.
Woodley recently told UFC.com about his roles in the movie. He will make his return to the Octagon later this year against Jake Shields.
“I’m Secret Service, so when you see those limos pulling up in the trailer, that’s me standing there burning up in the Shreveport sun,” Woodley admitted, discussing his new side gig and potential post-fight career. “I’m SWAT, so I come out of the White House blasting and get shot up again. I’m a sniper, and I’m also a DC cop, so when the trash trucks blow through those police cars, I’m the one that’s running trying not to get hit by the car. I got my little test of danger in this movie.
“I die a lot,” he laughed, “but they had to have me die soon because I have a distinct face. I don’t have any lines or anything, but they said, `Your face is so distinct and you’ve got a couple close-ups, so if we use those clips, we can’t have you get shot on the lawn when the explosion goes off and then be the guy on the roof 10 minutes later as a different person.’”
While acting is something he views as a potential future after his fighting career, Woodley is focused solely on MMA right now.
“I’m making a statement to all the welterweights, I’m making a statement to the fans, and I’m making a statement to the boss man that he can expect this from now on. I may not knock everybody out, but I can try to, and if I can’t knock you out, I can slam you down, and do some punishment from the top.
“I just want (Dana White) and my coaches and everybody that trains me to know, `You guys have put a lot of work in with me, I train hard, and I possess a lot of skills that I feel God has gifted me with, and I’m gonna use them, every time, from now on.’ This is Tyron Woodley. This is my fight style, and it’s going to give problems to everyone in the welterweight class.
“From now on, I just focus on making it stronger, and doing more of what I didn’t get to do last time. After Jake Shields, I should definitely be in the top 10 in the world, and then after my next fight, I should be in the top 5. And then after that, I should be the next person fighting for the world title.”