Tyron Woodley was unable to hide his delight after UFC president Dana White said that he was next in line for a shot at the welterweight title.
Woodley was supposed to face Johny Hendricks at UFC 192, with the winner becoming the number one contender for the title, but the bout did not go ahead as planned as Hendricks was rushed to hospital after suffering from blockage in his intestine and a kidney stone while trying to cut weight.
Woodley admitted that he was shocked to hear what had happened to Hendricks, but pointed out that he is thrilled to have been give an opportunity to become the UFC welterweight champion.
However, the 33-year-old will have to wait and see who is opponent will be as reigning champion Robbie Lawler will be defending his title against Carlos Condit at UFC 195 in January.
"It's unfortunate. I am taking the bitter with the sweet," Woodley told reporters. "I will be fighting my next fight for the world title, and I'm excited about that."
Meanwhile, Woodley also made it clear that he has no interest in fighting Hendricks again as he believes that he will gain nothing from it.
"I'm not interested. This was our opportunity," he said. "This was the time. It's kind of a nasty taste in my mouth right now. I just want the title…I wanted to fight him to get where I'm going anyway, so that would be backtracking at this point."