Tyron Woodley takes on Gilbert Burns in this weekend’s UFC Fight Night headliner. ‘The Chosen One’ lost the UFC Welterweight Championship to Kamaru Usman in November, but he remains the No.1 contender in the division and sits 14th in the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings.
In accumulating a 19-4-1 MMA record, Woodley has produced a catalogue of spectacular knockout victories. Here’s the best of them.
5. Tyron Woodley V André Galvão at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Noons II
Woodley spent three years fighting under the Strikeforce promotion banner and took a 6-0 record into this 2010 clash with Brazilian grappling specialist Galvão. After landing a couple of stinging combinations early and knocking Galvão down, Woodley forced finished him off inside two minutes with a flurry of punches on the ground.
4. Tyron Woodley V Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le
Woodley’s new eight-fight contract with the UFC in 2014 began with a loss by decision to Rory McDonald. But he bounced back emphatically with a TKO victory over Dong Hyun Kim two months later in Macau. Kim hit the canvas after a massive right from Woodley, who finished the job with a brutal attack on the ground. The fight lasted just 61 seconds and edged Woodley closer to a title shot.
3. Tyron Woodley V Jay Hieron at UFC 156
Woodley replaced an injured Erick Silva to make his promotional debut at UFC 156 in November 2013. The 31-year-old made the opportunity count with a stunning KO of Jay Hieron in just 36 seconds. Woodley sent Hieron sprawling with a massive right before unleashing a savage attack on the canvas. The UFC fraternity sat up and took notice of a new star, while Hieron never fought again.
2. Tyron Woodley V Josh Koscheck at UFC 167
A split decision loss to Jake Shields at UFC 161 in his second fight under the UFC banner stymied Woodley’s progress slightly. But he responded with another bombastic KO next time up against Josh Koscheck. Late in the first round, Woodley rocked Koshcheck with a vicious counterpunch. It was then lights out as unloaded with another right on his stunned, crouching opponent. Woodley won a Knockout of the Night bonus for his ruthless efforts.
1. Tyron Woodley V Robbie Lawler at UFC 201
Woodley belatedly received his chance against UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler in July 2016. The vastly experienced Lawler looked comfortable moving around the ring during the first round – until copping a lightning Woodley right at around the two-minute mark. Falling against the cage, Lawler was then subjected to a barrage of follow-up rights, a TKO defeat and the end of his reign.