Dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC), who earned a first-round submission victory over Neil Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 215 co-main event, called out Woodley (18-2-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) following the event.
Woodley, who served an a in-studio analyst for FS1 during the event, replied immediately and dismissed dos Anjos as a threat to his reign.
“Well, I’ve got a Gucci belt you can have,” Woodley during UFC 215’s post-event show. “I’ve got a Louis Vuitton belt you can have, but the welterweight gold, the 14 pounds, brother – it’s going to be a long time before I give that up.”
Woodley didn’t explicitly say he wouldn’t fight dos Anjos, but he said the Brazilian needs to put in more work in the 170-pound division. Dos Anjos is a former UFC lightweight champion who moved up a division earlier this year, and he’s since gone 2-0. The win over Magny was particularly impressive, but was it enough to stake the next claim to a title shot?
Woodley doesn’t think so.
“I didn’t take (the callout) personally,” Woodley said. “All I’m saying is there are a lot of guys in my division. They always put them in front of me, and everyone thinks they have the solution to beat me. But I think I’m the most well-rounded fighter. I punch the hardest in the UFC of all the fighters. And he’s a great fighter. He’s a former world champion. I do think one or two more fights in the division, with a great performance like he had this evening, we will see him on the other side of the octagon. At that point, we’ll be ready to role.”
Dos Anjos said following UFC 215, which took place Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, that the fact he was already considered for a title bout with Woodley at UFC 214 in July should put him in line for a crack at the gold.
Woodley apparently has other plans in mind, though. With UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) by his side at the studio desk, “The Chosen One” hinted that he would like to move up to 185 pounds and fight the winner of November’s UFC 217 main event between Bisping and Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC).
“I want to fight at middleweight,” Woodley said. “So, I’m thinking about taking a trip up to middleweight.”