ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – UFC 205 will be the first Ferguson-native Tyron Woodley has to defend his Welterweight Championship belt.

The two-time NCAA All-American wrestler at the University of Missouri says he’s come a long way since his college days.

“I used to fight at bars in Columbia, Missouri and now I’m going to fighting at the most famous arena in the world,” Woodley says. “It’s a huge honor for me and I don’t take it lightly.”

Woodley first earned his belt in July at UFC 201 by defeating Robbie Lawler and improved to 16-3 in UFC fights. He called this Saturday’s event, which is the first UFC event being held in New York, the ‘best card UFC’s has ever put on.’

Woodley says he feels like he is the underdog in Saturday’s fight against Steven Thompson, who has won seven fights in a row.

“I go out there with a chip on my shoulder and I want to make history,” Woodley says. “A lot of people will be remembered for their performance on Saturday night.”

Hear the entire conversation with Woodley and KMOX’s Alex Ferrario here:

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