So Woodley who was 4-1 (W Condit, Gastelum, Stun Gun, Koscheck and L Rory) was less deserving of the Condit shot than Demian Maia and Stephen Thompson and what were they doing at that time...
Demian Maia who was 4-1 (W Alexander Yakovlev, Ryan LaFlare, Neil Magny, Gunnar Nelson and L Rory)
Stephen Thompson who was 5-1 (W Nashon Burrell, Chris Clements, Robert Whitaker, Patrick Cote, Jake Ellenberger and L Matt Brown)
Were Maia and Thompson on the same level as the competition Woodley ran through in Strikeforce when the UFC poached his big championship fight and fed him to a roided out MW Nate Marquardt?
Or, in a less biased way of doing it:-
Demian Maia was 4-0 with wins over Ryan LaFlare, Neil Magny and Gunnar Nelson.
Stephen Thompson was 5-0 with wins of Robert Whitaker, Patrick Cote and Jake Ellenberger.
Tyron Woodley was 2-0 with wins over Dong Hyun Kim and Kelvin Gastelum.
It's almost always your current streak that wins you a title shot. No one's saying Nick Diaz deserves a title shot cause he KOed Robbie Lawler.
(Tarec Saffadiene, Paul Daley, Jordan Mein, Andre Galvao, and Nathan Coy), I'd say that Strikeforce was more deserving of a title shot than Wonderboy post Ellenberger win.
I agree. But how is that even relevant? That's not the situation we were presented with, and why are things Woodley did almost 3 years prior relevant to where he was in the division at that moment?
But all of this is almost beside the point, because Woodley is fighting in six weeks, to the guy you people claim he's ducking all the while the "fighters of the year" with the convenient knee or eye injury is nowhere to be seen.
I don't believe he is or was ducking him. I believe he wanted to fight easier opponents for more money (well, not a case of belief to be fair). I'm not sure what you meant with the fighters of the year injury thing meant. I think there's something a tiny bit grammatically off and it's throwing me on what it's meaning was, sorry.
Fighters like Woodley get one shot at a money fight, he's booked four of them. Wonderboy got his title shot and he didn't win, perhaps Maia should be next in line but they really should just fight each other. Considering the hoops Jacare/Romero and Ferguson/Khabib have had to jump through those two fighting each other isn't really on the same level.
Woodley got his shot to defend his title. He didn't win. See how that works? Regardless of the fact that Ferguson/Khabib or Romero haven't fought to a draw with the champion in their last fight, I also disagree with the idea of losing potential title contenders with a Ferguson/Khabib fight. I think the next fights should have been:-
Tony Ferguson Vs Conor McGregor
Khabib Nurmagomedov Vs Nate Diaz (Obviously not the UFC's fault. Edson Barboza could have been a fitting replacement. Could even slap interim in the title to give Diaz that idea that a win guarantees a trilogy and the big money fight, which he likely doesnt go for anyways)
Tyron Woodley Vs Stephen Thompson 2 (With Demian Maia getting the winner if he chooses to stay out)
Donald Cerrone Vs Dong Hyun Kim
Robbie Lawler Vs Nick Diaz (or failing that, Carlos Condit rematch)
Michael Bisping Vs Yoel Romero
Jacare Souza Vs Gegard Mousasi (Number one contenders fight)
Kelvin Gastelum Vs Chris Weidman
Luke Rockhold Vs Robert Whitaker (Last two fights are to either prove Whitaker or Gastelum deserve a shot, or start building momentum back to the proven top guys)