Tyron Woodley is a former high school and college wrestling champion that has been able to fashion out a professional career as a mixed martial artist, fighting under the Strikeforce and Ultimate Fighting Championship organizations. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt holder was in 2018, the current UFC Welterweight Champion and has the record for the best takedown defense percentage in UFC history.
Tyron Woodley was born and named Tyron Lakent Woodley, as the eleventh of the thirteen children of his parents; Sylvester and Deborah Woodley, on the 7th of April, 1982 in Ferguson, Missouri where he was however raised by just his mother after his father abandoned the family. Like every other child in a low-income household, Woodley looked to sports as a way out of poverty.
He attended McCluer High School where he was a part of the amateur wrestling and American football teams. After graduating in 2000 with a 48-0 record and being named a National High School Coaches Association Senior All-American as well as the Missouri State High School Activities Association All-State, Woodley enrolled at the University of Missouri. In Missouri, he competed for the school’s wrestling program as he pursued a degree in Agricultural Economics. By the time he graduated in 2005, he was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American and a Big 12 Conference Champion with over 100 victories to his name.
Woodley’s next line of work was as a college wrestling coach as he also embarked on an amateur fighting career that would ultimately lead him to become a pro. He reportedly managed a 7-0 amateur MMA record after winning the 2006 Real Pro Wrestling 84 kg Northern Regional Championship and finishing as a runner-up at that year’s USA Wrestling National Championship. By 2009, Woodley was able to turn pro, making his professional fighting debut against Steve Schnider and winning it in the first round via submission. His second professional fight went according to the script as he also bagged it in the first round via submission.
Tyron Woodley’s big break came in his third professional fight at the ‘Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields’ event on June 6, 2009, where after again winning in the first round by submission, he was signed by the Strikeforce MMA organization to a six-fight deal. Woodley enjoyed seven more fight wins before suffering his first loss against Nate Marquardt in the Strikeforce Welterweight Championship fight in July 2012. His next fight was in the Ultimate Fighting Championship at UFC 156 where he faced Jay Hieron and defeated him in just six seconds.
On the 30th of July, 2016, Woodley won the UFC Welterweight Championship against incumbent champion Robbie Lawler. He has since that time been able to retain the belt against three challengers. Having seemingly conquered his division, the talented fighter has begun to pursue an acting career, most famously appearing in Straight Outta Compton (2015) and Escape Plan 2: Hades (2017). He has also delved into the media world, working as a broadcast analyst and hosting his own podcast titled “Morning Wood with Deez Nutz”.
Tyron Woodley’s Wife
Tyron Woodley is married to former University City School District educator turned fitness guru, Averi Woodley, who he met while in high school and later reconnected with at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Averi Woodley, who is originally from St. Louis Missouri, is a graduate of Sociology from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. After completing her studies, she began working as an educator before later joining forces with her husband to open a gym called ATT Evolution in 2011. By 2015, she founded her own women-only fitness program called Bad Bish Boot Camp which was created to help women achieve certain health and lifestyle goals.
It is not clear when exactly the couple exchanged vows but according to a 2017 social media post by Mrs. Woodley where she was celebrating she and her husband’s 6th wedding anniversary, the pair got married sometime in 2011. Together, they have three children of their own named Darron, Dylan, and Gabby. This is in addition to the children they each had from different relationships before meeting each other.
Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Tyron Woodley is of average height. He measures at 5 feet 9 inches or 175 cm and weighs about 170 pounds or 77kg. He further has an arm reach of 74 inches and a leg reach of 42 inches. Being a fighter, Tyron puts in a lot of hard work in workouts to maintain his physique, little wonder he spots a perfectly ripped body.