They say that Father Time is undefeated and fighters will eventually slow down as time goes on. That may be the case for Tyron Woodley, from being the UFC Welterweight Champion to a fighter that is on a three fight losing skid.
Some fans want him to retire since he does not have that explosive and fast reflex he once had when he was the champion. During his prime, some even argued that he could even have a challenging match to George St Pierre stylistically. Woodley had one of the best takedown defense and had an explosive right hand that knocked out guys like Robbie Lawler and Josh Koscheck.
Unfortunately, fighters will eventually slow down as their fight mileage is increasing. For Woodley, he could prove the fans wrong on his upcoming fight against Luque. It is also worth noting that some fighters could still stay relevant just not championship caliber. Fighters like Edgar and Aldo were once the best but can still compete to this day.
For some they think that due to Woodley suffering a one-sided loss against Usman, he does not let his hands go. Woodley has a tendency to put his back on the corner, leading to his opponent taking him down easily. Another thing to point out is that his body language gives an impression that he does not want to be inside the Octagon.
He is fighting a tough and durable Vicente Luque. He may not have the resume that Woodley had but he is as tough as NAILS. Luque also has won nine of his last ten fights only losing to Stephen Thompson. He is a great contender to gauge where Tyron Woodley is right now. Luque is also a knockout artist, a KO win against Woodley would be impressive.
Woodley certainly needs a win right here as UFC are cutting fighters that are out of their prime and are in a losing streak. Notable fighters like Junior Dos Santos, Overeem and even Yoel Romero were cut from the UFC despite household names in the UFC. So that means Woodley needs to put his all if he wants to stay in the UFC.
Although Woodley does not need prove anything anymore, he has proven to be one of the welterweight greats during his reign. Fighters should know when to hang their gloves before it is too late. MMA Legends like Rashad Evans and BJ Penn left the sport a little too late for their own good. Heck even Chuck Liddell went back to be knocked out by Tito Ortiz.