Woodley looking for "money" fights with Diaz, St-Pierre

Tyron Woodley (supplied)
Tyron Woodley (supplied)

Cape Town - Tyron Woodley made short work of champion Robbie Lawler on Saturday night knocking him out in under three minutes of their UFC 201 main event on Saturday night to be crowned the promotions new welterweight champion. 

Shortly after his impressive performance Woodley called for some big names in Nick Diaz and Georges St-Pierre. 

"These guys are legends," Woodley said at the post-fight press conference.

"Nick Diaz is a top-five welterweight of all time in my eyes. Georges St-Pierre is the No. 1 welterweight in my eyes. If I'm an athlete in this sport, in this division and I want to say I'm the best in the world, I feel like I should compete against those guys. So I don't feel any obligation to go by the rankings. We all know how those rankings are produced anyway. And I want to go out there and I want to fight the money fights."

The uninjured Woodley is looking for a fast turnaround after spending the last year on the sideline due to injury. The 34-year old called for a fight at UFC 202 against Nick Diaz, who is days away from a potential return to the cage after his suspension for testing positive for marijuana last January. 

"I think Nick Diaz comes off suspension in two days," Woodley said.

"I would love to fight him on 202. I know his brother is fighting. I think he deserves it. He's a guy that's been around the sport. He's put a lot of butts in the seats, sold a lot of pay-per-views. So why not put him on a big card with Conor and his brother? I know he's training already."

While there has been no word from the promotion regarding Woodley's first defence, we are more than likely going to see him fight the current No. 1 contender Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson who is coming off of two impressive wins over Johny Hendricks and Rory MacDonald. 

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