Woodley: Wrestling just a weapon vs. Condit

 

Two-time NCAA Div I All-American wrestler Tyrone Woodley fights Carlos Condit Saturday night at UFC 171, live on PPV. Condit’s takedown defense rate is the fourth worst among current UFC fighters, so he will in all likelihood be spending time on his back. But Woodley does not intend to reply on his wrestling.

 

“I think his takedown defense is a flaw,” said Woodley to MMAJunkie. “But I can’t think, ‘OK, I’m a wrestler, so let’s just take him down every round and I’ll win.’ I think that’s a stupid way of going into the fight thinking.”

“I put myself in a position where I made wrestling an option for me. I don’t have to wrestle. I don’t have to take another shot for the rest of my life if I don’t want to. I have good enough hands, good enough boxing, good enough timing to strike with anybody in our division.”

“You can’t get too excited about your own medicine. I remember watching Rashad Evans, who sometimes I look up to as a mentor and a big brother, and he fought Machida and forgot his wrestling. He left it at home because he had some big knockouts and big wins.

“The true game of mixed martial arts is putting your wrestling in there, putting your striking in there, but also being deceiving, hiding behind your punches if you’re wrestling, and hide behind your wrestling if you’re punching. It’s just a matter of blending it all together.”

“For me it’s just being wiser, finding my opportunities and really fighting a smart high. I’m going to out there and put on an amazing show.”

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Recent Comments »

HertogJan site profile image  

3/14/14 5:04 PM by HertogJan

Rooting for Condit this Saturday, my favorite fighter in the UFC.I am nervous however about the take downs, mostly because of how the judges will see it. He is very active in his guard, but most of the time we see judges don't care about that and value the takedown much higher.War NBK!

Musashi site profile image  

3/14/14 4:24 PM by Musashi

Carlos is going to give this kid another lesson in humility.Hopefully his mother won't be there to watch it live again.

UGCTT_FryedTakayama site profile image  

3/14/14 11:25 AM by UGCTT_FryedTakayama

No way

danggook site profile image  

3/14/14 11:02 AM by danggook

heh on the app the tint of that picture made it looked like woodley as the hulk in the thumbnail

SJax site profile image  

3/14/14 10:58 AM by SJax

“I put myself in a position where I made wrestling an option for me. I don’t have to wrestle. I don’t have to take another shot for the rest of my life if I don’t want to. I have good enough hands, good enough boxing, good enough timing to strike with anybody in our division.”Especially against Jake Shields. Condit-Woodley is going to be an interesting match up.

Stu Cazzo site profile image  

3/14/14 10:45 AM by Stu Cazzo

Condit subs Woodley on Saturday

Dead President site profile image  

3/14/14 10:45 AM by Dead President

He looks huge...

Judontkneedthisname3744 site profile image  

3/14/14 10:45 AM by Judontkneedthisname3744

That would def make a statement.  

MMA Lives Here site profile image  

3/14/14 10:42 AM by MMA Lives Here

Condit doesn't care about being taken down. For better or worse

AdmiralCackbar site profile image  

3/14/14 10:40 AM by AdmiralCackbar

I don't think Condit's takedown defense is a flaw, because I don't think it's a big concern for him. He doesn't' worry about it, which allows him to keep his striking clean against guys like Hendricks and Woodley.



 

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