ANAHEIM, Calif. — Tyron Woodley defended his Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title for the third time on Saturday night, comfortably outdueling Brazil’s Demian Maia with a unanimous decision victory.
Woodley produced a measured and clinical performance in the second-to-last fight of a strong UFC 214 card at the Honda Center, frustrating Maia, and never giving the challenger a meaningful opening.
At 35, Woodley has not lost in more than three years and his technical proficiency meant he was easily able to navigate Maia’s jiu-jitsu skills. Woodley’s quick feet and dexterity led to some crowd-pleasing escapes from attempted takedowns. Otherwise, except for Maia being sent tumbling to the canvas by a big straight right hand in Round 2, the contest was relatively low on action, with the audience not slow to voice its disapproval.
“I am the best in the world,” Woodley said, when asked if the reaction from the crowd irked him. “It doesn’t bother me at all.”
But by the end, most of the spectators were amusing…