Tyron has been a professional fighter since 2009, competing for Strikeforce before making his UFC debut in 2013. “I started training after I graduated college,” he revealed in a UFC Q&A, adding that he previously worked as a college wrestling coach. “I started watching some of the wrestlers that were doing well in the sport and I thought my wrestling translated well, so I wanted to get in there and give it a try.”
The Missouri native became UFC’s welterweight champion at UFC 201 in 2016 after defeating Robbie Lawler, and he held on to that title until 2019, fending off challengers Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, Demian Maia, and Darren Till.
Tyron is also an actor, having appeared in the films Straight Outta Compton, Kickboxer: Vengeance, and Escape Plan 2: Hades, and the TV shows The Night Shift and Hawaii Five-0. And he did stunts for the films Olympus Has Fallen and Straight Outta Compton.