Tyron Woodley believes everything is coming together at the right time.
The former University of Missouri wrestling standout has worked diligently to trade in his label as an MMA prospect and become recognized as the No. 1 contender for the Strikeforce welterweight crown. The title, left vacant when former champion Nick Diaz made his exodus to the UFC, will draw within reach if Woodley can beat Jordan Mein on Saturday night.
"I think I'm at the top right now," Woodley said. "There is no question I'm the No. 1 contender for the Strikeforce title. I've been doing this a lot longer than most people probably realize. I've been training since 2005, and this has been a long time coming for me. I've been very patient. Sometimes I've been overly patient because I have waited on title fights and opponents.
"Strikeforce made their big announcement, and we had to wait on that. We couldn't rush, and Strikeforce didn't want to make this a bout for the welterweight title because they wanted to...