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Tyron Woodley believes he can secure title shot at UFC 174

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Tyron Woodley believes he'll prove he deserves a title shot at UFC 174. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

UFC president Dana White has said that the winner of Matt Brown and Robbie Lawler next month will determine who fights welterweight champion Johny Hendricks next. However, Tyron Woodley isn't quite convinced.

“I don’t think anybody is getting awarded anything,” Woodley recently told MMAjunkie Radio. “This is the UFC. You don’t think they can switch that and change the promos on the spot? I think it’s performance-based.”

Woodley himself fights Rory MacDonald this Saturday at UFC 174. In the St. Louis fighter's mind, he can leap-frog either Brown or Lawler if he manages to put away MacDonald impressively in his home town of Vancouver this weekend.

“I think the best performance is going to get a title shot,” Woodley said.

“My goal is really to focus on beating Rory MacDonald in a dominant fashion – to go up to Vancouver and do my thing. Everything else, whether they give me a shot or not, I’m eventually going to win the world title. I’m going to be in the title picture...I just need to focus on this kid because if I go out there and I don’t win, then I’m not getting a world title anyway.”

Although the right call would indeed seem to be for the winner of Brown vs. Lawler to get the next welterweight title, Woodley has a point when he says things can change rapidly in the UFC. Who would you rather see fight Hendricks when he comes back from his injured biceps?

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