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Tyron Woodley
Born April 17, 1982 (1982-04-17) (age 34)
Ferguson, Missouri, United States
Other names T-Wood
The Chosen One
Nationality USA American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Reach 73.0 in (185 cm)
Style Wrestling
Fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida
Team American Top Team
Rank NCAA Division I Wrestling
     Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2006 – present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 15
By knockout 5
By submission 5
By decision 5
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By decision 2
Amateur MMA record
Total 7
Wins 7
Losses 0
Other information
University University of Missouri
Notable school(s) McCluer High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 02013-02-02February 2, 2013

Tyron Lakent Woodley[1] (born April 17, 1982) is an American former amateur wrestler for the University of Missouri and is now a professional mixed martial artist. A former Strikeforce welterweight contender, Woodley is currently signed to a deal with the UFC.

Early life

Tyron Woodley was born and raised in Ferguson, Missouri, an area a few miles from St. Louis, Missouri. He was born eleventh of the thirteen Woodley children to Sylvester and Deborah Woodley. He was raised by his mother after his father left early in his life. In high school he was on the honor roll every term, received All-Conference honors in football, was a two-time state finalist in wrestling finishing 48-0 and winning a state title.[2][3]

After graduating from McCluer High School in 2000, he had offers from Nebraska, Northern Iowa, and Missouri. After going on his recruiting visit to Nebraska, he had verbally committed but later discovered Nebraska's head wrestling coach was forced to resign. He decided he would attend Missouri and help rebuild the wrestling team.[4] Tyron Woodley graduated from Mizzou in 2005 with a major in Agricultural Economics and went on to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, planning to graduate in 2012 with a degree in Public Administration.[5]

Mixed martial arts career

Tyron Woodley got his start after walking into a local MMA gym and asked the owner about participating on the gym's amateur fight card happening in the next month. The owner trained him a little, and put him on the card. The fight lasted 20 seconds with Woodley walking away victorious. He collected a perfect 7-0 record in amateur bouts with all bouts being finished by a KO or submission.

Still an amateur, Woodley attended the open tryouts for the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter. He was one of the final cuts before the show started.[6]

Woodley fought his first professional fight on February 7, 2009, it was held by Headhunter Productions at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri. His opponent was Steve Schnider.[7] The fight streamed live on Purefight.org. Woodley won his second fight by submitting Jeff Carstens.[8]


Woodley made his Strikeforce debut in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri at Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields on June 6, 2009. Tyron won the fight by submission late into round one. After the win, Strikeforce signed Woodley to an exclusive six fight deal and plan on using him on most of the Showtime cards.[9]

Woodley made his second appearance for Strikeforce on the Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings card. He defeated Zach Light via submission in the second round.

On the Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Bears card, Woodley had his third fight for Strikeforce, defeating Rudy Bears via Arm-Triangle submission. The fight was the main event.[10][11] After his win over Bears, Woodley signed on with EA Sports to take part in their upcoming MMA based game, EA Sports MMA.[12]

Tyron won a split decision against Nathan Coy at Strikeforce Challengers: Lindland vs. Casey in Portland, Oregon.

On October 9, 2010, at Strikeforce: San Jose, Woodley defeated André Galvão via knockout midway in the first round. This was Woodley's debut on the main card of a major Strikeforce event.

Woodley headlined his second Strikeforce Challengers event at Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine, when he fought Tarec Saffiedine on January 7, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.[13] Using effective clinch work and take downs, Woodley won the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28). After the win, Woodley claimed to be the number one contender for the welterweight title. Strikeforce then signed an extension to Woodley's contract, giving him four more fights and better pay.[14]

During the Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley event Woodley wore a shirt that had the words, "I Got Next", printed on the front implying he was the next to fight for the welterweight title. At Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson, Tyron replaced Evangelista Santos and fought Paul Daley. Woodley controlled the fight with effective takedowns, and according to Compustrike, out struck Daley en route to a unanimous decision win. With the win, Woodley will likely fight for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title.[15] “I verged to the left and avoided the iceberg,” Woodley told Showtime Sports shortly after the win. “I knew it was going to be a tough fight.... I knew I had to be slick and get inside of him, he’s strong guy. I couldn’t get frustrated when I didn’t take him down and (I had) to keep going for him. So that’s what I did.”[16]

Woodley fought Canadian prospect Jordan Mein at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine.[15] Woodley won via split decision.

Tyron faced Nate Marquardt on July 14, 2012 at at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy for the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship.[17] He lost the fight via KO in the fourth round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

After the dissolution of Strikeforce, Woodley's contract was picked up by the UFC. He is expected to make his debut versus fellow Strikeforce veteran Jay Hieron at UFC 156 on February 2, 2013.

Woodley faced Jake Shields on June 15, 2013 at UFC 161.[18] The bout was contested on the feet for nearly its entirety in a largely uneventful fight where neither fighter was able to deliver any significant offense. Woodley lost the fight via a split decision.[19]

Woodley next faced off against Josh Koscheck at UFC 167 on November 16, 2013.[20] He won the fight via knockout in the very first round. The win also earned him his first Knockout of the Night bonus award.[21]

Woodley next faced Carlos Condit at UFC 171.[22] In round two, Woodley landed on Condit's right knee on a takedown. The referee stood the fight up for inactivity, and when Condit tried to step away after Woodley kicked his left knee, his right buckled, causing him to collapse in agony and the referee to award Woodley a TKO.[23]

On April 8th 2014, Woodley's new eight-fight contract with UFC was announced alongside with his match against Rory MacDonald at UFC 174.[24] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Woodley next faced Dong Hyun Kim on August 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 48, replacing Hector Lombard.[25] He won the fight via TKO early in the first round.[26] The win also earned Woodley his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[27]

Woodley faced welterweight prospect Kelvin Gastelum on January 31, 2015 at UFC 183 after declining 30% of Gastelum's fight purse for not making weight.[28] He won the fight via split decision.

Personal life

He is married and has a son, Tyron Jr. (TJ). Woodley also volunteers as an assistant wrestling coach for the SIUE Cougars.

He has expressed interest in someday opening up a non-profit facility for troubled youth. [29]

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts

    • 2009 Prospect of the Year

Professional Wrestling

  • Real Pro Wrestling
    • RPW Northern Regional Championship (2006)

Amateur wrestling

  • USA Wrestling
    • USA University Freestyle National Championship Runner-up (2006)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
    • NCAA Division I All-American (2003, 2005)
    • Big 12 Conference Championship (2003)
    • Big 12 Conference Championship Runner-up (2005)
    • University of Missouri Wrestling Team Captain (2003, 2004, 2005)
  • National High School Coaches Association
    • NHSCA Senior All-American (2000)
  • Missouri State High School Activities Association
    • MSHSAA High School State Championship (2000)
    • MSHSAA High School State Championship Runner-up (1999)
    • MSHSAA All-State (1999, 2000)

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–3 USA Kelvin Gastelum Decision (split) UFC 183 02015-01-31January 31, 2015 3 5:00 USA Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Catchweight (180 lbs) bout; Gastelum missed weight.
Win 14–3 KOR Dong Hyun Kim TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le 02014-08-23August 23, 2014 1 1:01 MAC Cotai Strip, Macau, China Performance of the Night.
Loss 13–3 CAN Rory MacDonald Decision (unanimous) UFC 174 02014-06-14June 14, 2014 3 5:00 CAN Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 13–2 USA Carlos Condit TKO (knee injury) UFC 171 02014-03-15March 15, 2014 2 2:00 USA Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 12–2 USA Josh Koscheck KO (punches) UFC 167 02013-11-16November 16, 2013 1 4:38 USA Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night.
Loss 11–2 USA Jake Shields Decision (split) UFC 161 02013-06-15June 15, 2013 3 5:00 CAN Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Win 11–1 USA Jay Hieron KO (punches) UFC 156 02013-02-02February 2, 2013 1 0:36 USA Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 10–1 USA Nate Marquardt KO (elbows and punches) Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy 02012-07-14July 14, 2012 4 1:39 USA Portland, Oregon, United States For the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship.
Win 10–0 CAN Jordan Mein Decision (split) Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine 02012-01-07January 7, 2012 3 5:00 USA Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–0 ENG Paul Daley Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson 02011-07-30July 30, 2011 3 5:00 USA Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States
Win 8–0 BEL Tarec Saffiedine Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce Challengers 13 02011-01-07January 7, 2011 3 5:00 USA Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 7–0 BRA André Galvão KO (punches) Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II 02010-10-09October 9, 2010 1 1:48 USA San Jose, California, United States
Win 6–0 USA Nathan Coy Decision (split) Strikeforce Challengers 8 02010-05-21May 21, 2010 3 5:00 USA Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 5–0 USA Rudy Bears Submission (arm-triangle choke) Strikeforce Challengers 5 02009-11-20November 20, 2009 1 2:52 USA Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Win 4–0 USA Zach Light Submission (armbar) Strikeforce Challengers 3 02009-09-25September 25, 2009 2 3:38 USA Bixby, Oklahoma, United States
Win 3–0 USA Salvador Woods Submission (brabo choke) Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields 02009-06-06June 6, 2009 1 4:20 USA St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 2–0 Jeff Carstens Submission (rear-naked choke) Respect Is Earned: Brotherly Love Brawl 02009-04-30April 30, 2009 1 0:48 USA Oaks, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 1–0 USA Steve Schnider Submission (punches) Headhunter Productions: The Patriot Act 1 02009-03-07February 7, 2009 1 1:09 USA Columbia, Missouri, United States


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