Tyron Woodley to Mark His Return at UFC 260- Will Face Vicente Luque

Published 02/03/2021, 12:08 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: (R-L) Colby Covington punches Tyron Woodley in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Former welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, has had tough outings in his last two fights and has been a shadow of his former self. During his rise to the top and his reign as the champion, Tyron was on track to place himself in the conversation for the greatest welterweights of all time. However, recent results have all but derailed his legacy in the sport. 

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After his most recent loss against Colby Covington, there were concerns that Woodley would call it a day and walk away from the sport. However, ‘The Chosen One’ has decided to stick around and opt for an extremely difficult test in his next fight. Woodley is reportedly set to take on Vicente Luque at UFC 260. 

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Will Tyron Woodley slip to 0-4?

Woodley won his belt in a spectacular fashion against Robbie Lawler at UFC 201. Subsequently, he defended his belt four times against the likes of Stephen Thompson, Demian Maia, and Darren Till among others. 

His last title defense was a thoroughly dominating performance against Darren Till. After which there was reason to believe that it would take a herculean effort to dethrone Woodley. 

However, in the very next fight against Kamaru Usman, ‘The Chosen One’ succumbed to a resounding unanimous decision loss where he did not look like himself at all. He was never able to get any offense going and was rag-dolled by ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’. 

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: Tyron Woodley (R) reacts after suffering a rib injury against Colby Covington in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Fans and pundits believed that it was just one of those days where things did not go the former champion’s way. However, in his next two fights against Gilbert Burns and Colby Covington, we saw a similar lackluster display from Woodley. It was almost as if he did not want to be in the octagon and was beaten resoundingly both times. 

Vicente Luque, the man standing across from him at UFC 260, is on a two-fight win streak with both wins coming via knockouts. A win for ‘The Silent Assassin’ will not only move him to 3-0, but will also give his CV a boost with a win over a former champion. 

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For Woodley, a fourth straight loss might spell the end of his career in the UFC. 

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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.

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