Tyron Woodley in 2018
|Born||April 7, 1982|
Ferguson, Missouri, U.S.
|Nickname(s)||The Chosen One|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||74 in (188 cm)|
|Fighting out of||St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
American Top Team
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsuunder Din Thomas|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||University of Missouri|
|Notable school(s)||McCluer High School|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Representing the Missouri Tigers|
|Big 12 Championships|
Tyron Woodley (born April 7, 1982) is an American professional mixed martial artist, actor, broadcast analyst, and former UFC Welterweight Champion. A professional since 2009, Woodley also fought in Strikeforce. As of January 27, 2020, he is #13 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings and #1 in the UFC welterweight rankings.
Woodley was born and raised in Ferguson, Missouri, on April 7 1982, the eleventh of thirteen children of Sylvester and Deborah Woodley. He was raised by his mother after his father left the family early in his life. In high school, he was a two-sport athlete, competing in American football and amateur wrestling.
After graduating from McCluer High School in 2000, Woodley attended University of Missouri and joined their wrestling program. There, he became a two-time All-American; once in 2003 and again in 2005. Woodley graduated from the university in 2005 with a major in Agricultural Economics.
Woodley fought his first professional fight on February 7, 2009, against Steve Schnider. It was held by Headhunter Productions at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri. Woodley won via submission in the first round.
Woodley's second professional bout was against Jeff Carstens on April 30, 2009. He won the bout via submission in the first round.
Woodley made his Strikeforce debut against Sal Woods in St. Louis, Missouri. The fight was at the event Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields on June 6, 2009. Woodley won the fight by submission late in round one. After the win, Strikeforce signed Woodley to a six-fight deal.
Woodley fought Tarec Saffiedine on January 7, 2011, in Nashville, Tennessee at Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine. Woodley won the fight via unanimous decision. After the win, Woodley was signed to a contract extension with Strikeforce.
Woodley next faced off against Josh Koscheck at UFC 167 on November 16, 2013. He won the fight via knockout in the first round. The win also earned him his first Knockout of the Night bonus award.
Woodley next faced Dong Hyun Kim on August 23, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 48, replacing Hector Lombard. He won the fight via TKO early in the first round. The win also earned Woodley his first Performance of the Night bonus award.
Woodley was expected to face Johny Hendricks on October 3, 2015, at UFC 192. It was announced on October 2, 2015, that Hendricks was forced out of the fight due to complications with weight cutting.
Woodley faced welterweight champion Robbie Lawler on July 30, 2016, in the main event at UFC 201. He won the fight via knockout halfway through the first round to claim the UFC Welterweight Championship. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Woodley made his first title defense against Stephen Thompson on November 12, 2016, at UFC 205. The fight ended in a majority draw with two judges scoring the fight 47-47 and the third 48-47 in favor of Woodley. Subsequently, both fighters were awarded Fight of the Night bonus awards.
For his third title defense, Woodley faced Demian Maia on July 29, 2017, in the co-main event at UFC 214. He won the fight by unanimous decision. Woodley stated after the contest that he had torn his labrum in his right shoulder in the opening round. Woodley would later have reconstructive surgery to repair the damage.
Woodley next defended the UFC Welterweight Championship against Darren Till on September 8, 2018, at UFC 228. He won the fight via submission in the second round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award. Woodley also received his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt in the cage from Din Thomas following his victory.
In the fifth defense of his welterweight title, Woodley faced Kamaru Usman on March 2, 2019, in the co-main event at UFC 235. He lost the fight by unanimous decision, ending his nearly three-year reign as welterweight champion.
Woodley was scheduled to face Leon Edwards on March 21, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 171. However, the restrictions related to COVID-19 forced Edwards to withdraw as the event was meant to be moved from London to the United States, and the event was subsequently postponed indefinitely.
Woodley has four children. He has said that his goal is to open a non-profit facility for troubled youths one day. When his hometown of Ferguson, Missouri engaged in civil unrest after the shooting of Michael Brown, Woodley publicly condemned the violent protests and lootings that took place. Woodley has pursued acting in his spare time and played roles in both Straight Outta Compton, Kickboxer: Vengeance and Sultan, the latter being an Indian movie directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. He also appears in several fight scenes of Escape Plan 2: Hades. Additionally, he hosts a podcast called "Morning Wood with Deez Nutz" and a weekly internet web show on TMZ called "The Hollywood Beatdown".
|Professional record breakdown|
|24 matches||19 wins||4 losses|
|Loss||19-4-1||Kamaru Usman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 235||March 2, 2019||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost the UFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||19-3-1||Darren Till||Submission (D'Arce choke)||UFC 228||September 8, 2018||2||4:19||Dallas, Texas, United States||Defended the UFC Welterweight Championship. Performance of the Night.|
|Win||18-3-1||Demian Maia||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 214||July 29, 2017||5||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States||Defended the UFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||17-3-1||Stephen Thompson||Decision (majority)||UFC 209||March 4, 2017||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Defended the UFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Draw||16-3-1||Stephen Thompson||Draw (majority)||UFC 205||November 12, 2016||5||5:00||New York City, New York, United States||Retained the UFC Welterweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||16-3||Robbie Lawler||KO (punches)||UFC 201||July 30, 2016||1||2:12||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||Won the UFC Welterweight Championship. Performance of the Night.|
|Win||15-3||Kelvin Gastelum||Decision (split)||UFC 183||January 31, 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Catchweight (180 lbs) bout; Gastelum missed weight.|
|Win||14-3||Dong Hyun Kim||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le||August 23, 2014||1||1:01||Macau, SAR, China||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||13-3||Rory MacDonald||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 174||June 14, 2014||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||13-2||Carlos Condit||TKO (knee injury)||UFC 171||March 15, 2014||2||2:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||12-2||Josh Koscheck||KO (punches)||UFC 167||November 16, 2013||1||4:38||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Loss||11-2||Jake Shields||Decision (split)||UFC 161||June 15, 2013||3||5:00||Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada|
|Win||11-1||Jay Hieron||KO (punches)||UFC 156||February 2, 2013||1||0:36||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||10-1||Nate Marquardt||KO (elbows and punches)||Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy||July 14, 2012||4||1:39||Portland, Oregon, United States||For the vacant Strikeforce Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||10-0||Jordan Mein||Decision (split)||Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine||January 7, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9-0||Paul Daley||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson||July 30, 2011||3||5:00||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States|
|Win||8-0||Tarec Saffiedine||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine||January 7, 2011||3||5:00||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||7-0||André Galvão||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II||October 9, 2010||1||1:48||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||6-0||Nathan Coy||Decision (split)||Strikeforce Challengers: Lindland vs. Casey||May 21, 2010||3||5:00||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Win||5-0||Rudy Bears||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Bears||November 20, 2009||1||2:52||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||4-0||Zach Light||Submission (armbar)||Strikeforce Challengers: Kennedy vs. Cummings||September 25, 2009||2||3:38||Bixby, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||3-0||Salvador Woods||Submission (D'Arce choke)||Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields||June 6, 2009||1||4:20||St. Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Win||2-0||Jeff Carstens||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Respect Is Earned: Brotherly Love Brawl||April 30, 2009||1||0:48||Oaks, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||1-0||Steve Schnider||TKO (submission to punches)||Headhunter Productions: The Patriot Act 1||February 7, 2009||1||1:09||Columbia, Missouri, United States|
|NCAA Championships Matches|
|2005 NCAA Championships 7th at 165 lbs|
|Loss||9-6||Matt Nagel||2-4 OT||March 18, 2005||2005 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships|
|Win||9-5||Justin Nestor||Major 11-0|
|2004 NCAA Championships at 165 lbs|
|Loss||6-4||Doc Vecchio||8-10 OT||March 21, 2004||2004 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship|
|2003 NCAA Championships 8th at 165 lbs|
|Loss||3-2||Matt King||1-4||March 21, 2003||2003 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship|
|2010||Bully Beatdown||Himself||Episode: "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow"|
|2017||The Night Shift||Travis||Episode: "Do No Harm"|
|2019||Hawaii Five-0||Kalino (Gunman 1)||Episode: "E'ao lu'au a kualima"
"Offer Young Taro Leaves to"
|2015||Straight Outta Compton||T-Bone|
|2016||The Evolution of Punk||Himself||Documentary mini-series; appeared in final episode|
|2017||Escape Plan 2: Hades||Akala|