All of Tyron Woodley’s Professional MMA and UFC Losses

Published 06/02/2021, 12:55 AM EDT

Tyron Woodley will go down as one of the greatest welterweights to have ever graced a UFC octagon. ‘The Chosen One’ won the UFC belt and defended it four times against the very best in the weight class. However, on his way to the top and even more recently, Woodley has faced setbacks in his career. Most of his seven losses have come towards the latter part of his career. 


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As ‘T-Wood’ prepares for his upcoming professional boxing debut, we inspect all the losses he suffered in his MMA career. 


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The setbacks of Tyron Woodley’s MMA career 

Woodley vs Marquardt

Tyron Woodley succumbed to his first professional MMA loss against Nate Marquardt. Going into the fight for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight belt, Woodley was undefeated at 10-0. Marquardt landed a brilliant elbow in the clinch and followed that up with punches and that shut the lights on ‘The Chosen One’ in round 4.

Woodley vs Jake Shields

In his second fight in the UFC at UFC 161, ‘T-Wood’ was pitted against veteran Shields. After three rounds of back-and-forth action, Woodley succumbed to a split-decision loss. This was the second loss of his MMA career. 

Tyron Woodley vs Rory MacDonald 

At UFC 174, ‘The Chosen One’ took on Canadian Rory MacDonald in a bid to extend his win streak to 3-0. However, ‘The Red King’ avoided Woodley’s right hand and also stuffed his takedowns for three rounds. Ultimately, he secured a unanimous decision win over Woodley. 

Woodley vs Usman 

At UFC 235, Tyron Woodley took on an up-and-coming undefeated prospect in Kamaru Usman. This was the fifth time that ‘The Chosen One’ had his belt on the line. The common consensus going into the fight was that Woodley, the better fighter in all areas, would retain easily. 

However, that was not the case on Fight Night. ‘The Chosen One’ displayed little to no offense as ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ manhandled him for five rounds and dethroned him. 

Woodley vs Burns 

Just a little over a year after losing his belt to Usman, Woodley returned to action in May 2020. He was intent on bouncing back to the win column against ‘Durinho’. However, it was the same story as ‘The Chosen One’ sat back hoping to land his right hand, which never landed. Burns, on the other hand, effectively used his wrestling, grappling, and striking to secure a lopsided unanimous decision win. 

Tyron Woodley vs Colby Covington 


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In arguably his most heated fight to date, ‘The Chosen One’ took on a fighter he really despised in ‘Chaos’. Woodley stated he made a few changes to his camp and his game, in general, to be able to bounce back. Many believed that he would perform a lot better against Covington as compared to his recent outings, as there was genuine animosity. 

After ‘Chaos’ dominated for four rounds, the fight was called in the fifth round as Woodley yelled in agony while Covington was on top of him. It was later revealed that he suffered a broken rib. 

Tyron Woodley vs Vicente Luque 


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In his last fight with the UFC, Woodley took on an emerging prospect in Luque. As both men swung for the fences, the fight was extremely entertaining. Woodley almost secured a finish in the very first round itself. Unfortunately, Luque caught the former UFC champion in a Brabo choke and handed him his fourth straight loss at UFC 260. 

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.