UFC welterweight contender Tyron Woodley addressed a mostly overlooked storyline of this Saturday's UFC 171 during a recent interview with Sherdog. Woodley fights Carlos Condit in what should be a bout to determine the next number one contender to the welterweight world title in the co-main event.
In the main event, of course, Woodley's American Top Team teammate and friend Robbie Lawler will fight for the vacant championship against Johny Hendricks. Woodley hopes that Lawler wins and surely hopes that he comes away with the 'W' as well against Condit.
Should both of his UFC 171 wishes come true, however, Woodley and Lawler will be placed in a potentially friendship-killing situation. According to Woodley, Lawler is a real friend of his and it would be difficult to fight him, title or none.
“It’s the best-case scenario for the team. It’s the worst-case scenario for our friendship probably," Woodley said, soberly.
"Some training partners from American Top Team I would call associates. I call friends friends and associates associates. Robbie’s actually a friend. I want to see him realize his goal as a world champion, to go out there and beat Johny Hendricks for himself and for the team. I’m just focusing on winning my fight and then support my teammate in his fight. Then after that me and him will sit down and we’ll talk it through and see what we’re both comfortable with."
Although fighting one another may split the ATT team and Lawler and Woodley's friendship, the St. Louis-based fighter isn't saying he wouldn't do it.
"I’ve got a real good feeling that both of us are going to want to just go ahead and get the fight out of the way and shake hands afterwards and go back to rolling," he explained.
If Lawler and Woodley both win Saturday at UFC 171, do you think they should fight one another for the title? If so, who would you pick to win and why?
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