Brown: Condit not Woodley the barnburner fight
Call outs are an effective way for fighters to manage a crucial part of their career, but it helps to get called out in return. UFC welterweight Tyron Woodley wants to fight Matt Brown, but Brown, injured and coming off a loss, is more interested in stepping into the cage with Carlos Condit.
“Granted it's one of the toughest fights, but it's a good match-up,” said Woodley to David St. Martin for MMAFightng. “People love him, he was a fight away from a title shot, ranked fifth, and fans would flip. I feel like he will bring the best out of me and test my limits. I respect him as a fighter and feel fighting him makes the most since for my career.”
However, that fight did not make the most sense to Brown, who is recovering from a hand injury suffered in a decision loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC on FOX 12 late last month. Brown will be able to return to regular training in about a month.
“You never know how a fight's going to go, but I would anticipate not a f—in' barnburner war,” said Brown to FOX Sports of a Woodley fight. “That's probably not what the fans would anticipate. Whether it is or not, god only knows. Condit is probably a f—in' barnburner. I can't imagine it going any other way.”
“Strategy is whatever. I don't give a f—. I don't see the fans anticipating a war [with Woodley]. I don't anticipate anything in a fight. A lot of them are probably going to expect [Woodley] to knock me out real quick or he's going to take me down, grind me out real quick, or that I'm going to slowly beat him up and that it'd be a good war. Those are three basic options for Woodley where I think Condit you have, most likely, no matter how this fight goes, we're f—ing each other up. We're going to be bloody and beat up at the end.”
“I can do some light drills and stuff but my hand is still messed up so between now and then is when I'm really going to decide what happens. I feel like it's fairly irrelevant at this point but I think Woodley or Condit is probably going to be along the same line I would think. Me and Condit were supposed to fight once before and I think that's the fight everyone wants to see. I think our styles, the way they match up, is probably the most interesting fight out there. I'm open to whatever.”