Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is expected to return to the Octagon soon, but his schedule is filling up in other ways as well.
World superstar Dwayne Johnson tweet Woodley to join crowd of professional athletes for next season Titan games on NBC. The premiere of the program’s second season will take place on Memorial Day, May 25, with a two-hour episode.
Johnson revealed on Tuesday on a live Instagram feed that professional athletes will participate in the next series of episodes, which will include a UFC champion. Woodley will join former NFL players Joe Thomas and Victor Cruz, Olympic snowboard gold medalist Hannah Teter, multi-division world champion boxer Claressa Shields and American star Ninja Warrior Jessie Graff on the side of professional athletes.
According to NBC, Titan games offers competitors “the unique opportunity to participate in epic one-on-one challenges designed to test the mind, body and heart.” MMA sport dominated the show’s inaugural season when Derik Scott – an unbeaten welterweight hopeful who competes in the regional promotion for Shamrock FC – finished second overall.
Regarding his fighting career, Woodley – according to ESPN – “leans toward” accepting a fight with the 170-pound push Gilbert Burns for the UFC event on May 23. A source close to the situation confirmed that Burns had accepted the match.
In addition, Woodley expressed interest in the game via Twitter on Friday.
After a race of over two years as a UFC welterweight champion, Woodley was defeated by Kamaru Usman via a unanimous decision at UFC 235 in March 2019. It was the last time “The Chosen One Tasted defeat since a loss of decision in June 2014 against Rory MacDonald at UFC 174.
Woodley won the title with a TKO first round victory over Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 in July 2016 and successfully defended the title against Stephen Thompson, Demian Maia and Darren Till. The St. Louis native was scheduled to face Leon Edwards at the main UFC London event in March before the event was postponed due to concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.