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Tyron Woodley Needs to Chill the Heck Out

If you’re an exciting fighter – a dominant fighter, with a UFC belt around your waist and legions of fans – you can get away with a lot.

If you’re a boring fighter with a bad attitude, well, that’s a different story altogether.

Tyron Woodley is the UFC’s welterweight king. He thinks he’s the former kind of fighter; sadly, he’s the latter.

Since winning the championship by knocking out Robbie Lawler, Woodley has fought Stephen Thompson to a draw, won a decision against Thompson, and beat Demian Maia via decision. You know what kind of championship fight sucks the most? Those kinds.

Which makes Woodley one of the those types of fighters that no fans get excited for, a paradox of fighting prowess and sucky-ness that causes the UFC more problems than he’s worth.

So it’s pretty laughable whenever Woodley tries to angle for the “big money” fights he doesn’t deserve while dissing the worthy challengers. And it’s hilarious when he gripes that the UFC isn’t treating him right. Sure, not everyone can be a Conor McGregor and make millions of dollars for their bosses because they resonate with the fans… but you don’t see heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic or bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes acting bitter all the time.

Last week Woodley claimed that the UFC was considering a bout featuring him against Nate Diaz. Dana White refuted that claim in typical Dana White fashion, and now Woodley is in full complain-mode.

As per Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” (h/t MMAFighting):

To Woodley, all he was saying was that he thinks the fight could happen. He never said that there was a bout agreement or specific negotiations going on. Woodley said he thinks White went too far in essentially calling him a liar.

“That’s a little bit harsh, a little bit hardcore for somebody who is wearing the belt of your organization, that people and young fighters aspire to enter the UFC, they aspire to be UFC champion,” Woodley said. “I don’t think many people are going to aspire to be the champion when they see how champions are treated. And they see that the non-champions and the people that are unprofessional — middle-finger flicking, shit talking — they’re actually making the money.

“So what kind of picture are we trying to put out? I thought we were going in the direction to be parallel with the NFL, NHL, MLB and the other professional sports. It’s a circus until it comes to Tyron and now we want to go back to the old-school rubric. I got issues with that.”

You know what, Tyron? Be the dominant champ we expect you to be and win some fans. Until then, chill the heck out.

No one likes a complainer.

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Tyron Woodley Needs to Chill the Heck Out

If you’re an exciting fighter – a dominant fighter, with a UFC belt around your waist and legions of fans – you can get away with a lot.

If you’re a boring fighter with a bad attitude, well, that’s a different story altogether.

Tyron Woodley is the UFC’s welterweight king. He thinks he’s the former kind of fighter; sadly, he’s the latter.

Since winning the championship by knocking out Robbie Lawler, Woodley has fought Stephen Thompson to a draw, won a decision against Thompson, and beat Demian Maia via decision. You know what kind of championship fight sucks the most? Those kinds.

Which makes Woodley one of the those types of fighters that no fans get excited for, a paradox of fighting prowess and sucky-ness that causes the UFC more problems than he’s worth.

So it’s pretty laughable whenever Woodley tries to angle for the “big money” fights he doesn’t deserve while dissing the worthy challengers. And it’s hilarious when he gripes that the UFC isn’t treating him right. Sure, not everyone can be a Conor McGregor and make millions of dollars for their bosses because they resonate with the fans… but you don’t see heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic or bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes acting bitter all the time.

Last week Woodley claimed that the UFC was considering a bout featuring him against Nate Diaz. Dana White refuted that claim in typical Dana White fashion, and now Woodley is in full complain-mode.

As per Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” (h/t MMAFighting):

To Woodley, all he was saying was that he thinks the fight could happen. He never said that there was a bout agreement or specific negotiations going on. Woodley said he thinks White went too far in essentially calling him a liar.

“That’s a little bit harsh, a little bit hardcore for somebody who is wearing the belt of your organization, that people and young fighters aspire to enter the UFC, they aspire to be UFC champion,” Woodley said. “I don’t think many people are going to aspire to be the champion when they see how champions are treated. And they see that the non-champions and the people that are unprofessional — middle-finger flicking, shit talking — they’re actually making the money.

“So what kind of picture are we trying to put out? I thought we were going in the direction to be parallel with the NFL, NHL, MLB and the other professional sports. It’s a circus until it comes to Tyron and now we want to go back to the old-school rubric. I got issues with that.”

You know what, Tyron? Be the dominant champ we expect you to be and win some fans. Until then, chill the heck out.

No one likes a complainer.

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Dana White: Tyron Woodley ‘Couldn’t Be More Full of S—t’ About Nate Diaz Fight

Just like he did in December, UFC President Dana White is denying Tyron Woodley’s claims that a fight with Nate Diaz is in the works.
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Midnight Mania! Dana White calls Tyron Woodley full of shit, Woodley fires back

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Despite Dana White’s strong feelings about it, Tyron Woodley continues to push for this Nate Diaz fight. Nate wants the bout too, telling ESPN.com:

“I’m getting to the point where I’m sick of not fighting. I’m not getting any younger,” Diaz told ESPN. “I put that tweet out saying I wanted to fight in May or June, but I didn’t say who because I was weighing my options. And now, Woodley is my best option.

”I see him on TMZ every week, talking about me. I’m like, ‘What the f—? If that’s what you want to do.’ It’s not really my weight class, but I’m with it. I think it’s my title we’re fighting for. If he’s the one calling me out, whose title are we fighting for? Who’s the real champion here?”

Diaz is right about Woodley calling him (literally) on TMZ.

Dana fired back with all the scorn he could muster, telling UFC Tonight that the welterweight champion is full of shit. Via MMAFighting.com:

“[Woodley’s] full of sh*t,” White said. “That fight was never made, you couldn’t be more wrong, he couldn’t be more full of sh*t, and it’s absolutely not true. It’s so not true that our lawyer hit him up today and said he needs to stop saying these kind of things, because it’s absolutely not true.”

“Dos Anjos is the fight we’re looking at for Woodley,” White said. “That’s the fair fight, he just won a great fight against Robbie Lawler and looked good and what I love about that fight is dos Anjos will bring it. He will come after Tyron Woodley and it will be a great fight. That’s the fight that’s gonna happen.”

White also repeated his talking point that Diaz had turned down several fights with lightweight opponents:

“We’ve offered Nate Diaz five or six fights in the last several months and he’s turned them all down,” White said. “I’ve said many times over the last several months that I don’t see Nate Diaz fighting. Will he fight this year? Maybe he’ll come out and see he wants to fight eventually, but no, he’s turned down every fight we’ve offered.“

Woodley wasn’t long in responding to Dana White, and he certainly has a point.

White, not unlike the current United States President, does have a long and frequent history of factually incorrect and misleading statements. Among many other examples, he said Anderson Silva would not be fighting Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 (hours before the bout was announced), and most memorably denied the UFC was being sold for 4 billion dollars, including releasing a memo to his employees to that effect. (Many of those employees were subsequently let go.)

In this case, Tyron Woodley is angling for a bout which, divisionally, makes very little sense, but from a promotional standpoint, might very well make sense. Given the direction WME-IMG have taken in these cases lately, it does seem possible Woodley is right.


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Dana White: Tyron Woodley ‘Couldn’t Be More Full of S—t’ About Nate Diaz Fight

Just like he did in December, UFC President Dana White is denying Tyron Woodley’s claims that a fight with Nate Diaz is in the works.
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Dana White: Tyron Woodley ‘Couldn’t Be More Full of S—t’ About Nate Diaz Fight

Just like he did in December, UFC President Dana White is denying Tyron Woodley’s claims that a fight with Nate Diaz is in the works.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Dana White: Tyron Woodley ‘Couldn’t Be More Full of S—t’ About Nate Diaz Fight

Just like he did in December, UFC President Dana White is denying Tyron Woodley’s claims that a fight with Nate Diaz is in the works.
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Rafael dos Anjos Rips Tyron Woodley for Discussing Fight ‘That Makes No Sense’

It should come as no surprise that Rafael dos Anjos didn’t respond well to the news that the UFC was in discussion to book Tyron Woodley vs. Nate Diaz this summer.
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Tyron Woodley Buys Mom a House for Christmas – What Did You Do?

Tyron Woodley may not be the most popular champ the UFC has ever had, but he’s apparently a heck of a good guy. Why? Because for Christmas this year, he bought his mom a house. Fulfilling a promise he made to her when he was ten and aspiring to be a pro athlete for a […]

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Midnight Mania! Tyron Woodley confident Mayweather would train with him for UFC fight with McGregor

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Floyd Mayweather denied any plans to fight in the UFC… but the rule of thumb in combat sports is never to take a promoter’s word at face value. Mayweather is his own promoter, so that holds true for him as well. In addition to the initial talk and the smoke from Joe Rogan, Dana White (yes, the quintessential promoter) said the talks were real; Mayweather DOES always need Money to fund his lavish lifestyle, and no other fight in combat sports sells as many wolf tickets as a rematch with McGregor in McGregor’s world.

Sorry, Demetrious Johnson, as much as I would love to see you choke Mayweather out in under a minute, you probably aren’t what Floyd has in mind.

Tyron Woodley, who counts Mayweather as a friend, says this all makes perfect sense to him, and he is confident Mayweather would reach out to him for coaching if such a fight does indeed become a reality. Transcript via MMAJunkie.com:

“Conor makes sense, because Conor is really a stand-up fighter,” Woodley said on TMZ’s “The Hollywood Beatdown.” “He throws some kicks. Most of those kicks are flashy kicks just to keep you off of him. But he’s not going to do anything really beyond boxing. He’s not going to be wrestling you; he’s not going to be grappling you. So, for Floyd Mayweather, if I was coming into the sport to do MMA, I would want an opponent like that: a striker. (Not) someone who’s going to wrestle him, kick him or a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist, and he gets put in submissions, and he doesn’t even know what the hell is going on.”

Woodley is only partially correct, of course. We’ve seen Conor’s ground game before, notably against a young featherweight named Max Holloway, and it was pretty slick, with the Irishman landing effortless takedowns for two rounds. His rocked and gassed takedown attempt against Nate Diaz aside, McGregor doesn’t even need to be a notable high-level MMA wrestler against Floyd. He got Mayweather’s back with ease in their boxing match. It’s a short trip from there to the ground. Woodley also underrates the effect and intent of McGregor’s kicking game.

He is completely correct about the financial incentive. Their boxing match did 4.3 million buys, second-highest of all time; one has to assume a rematch in the Octagon would draw similar numbers. Hence McGregor’s one-word tweet in response to Mayweather’s reticence today. What does Mayweather have to lose, after all, besides of course taking a brutal beating in an eight-sided cage?

“Shit, I might be walking down to the octagon with him,” Woodley said.

He continued, “Do it, man. Your legacy is cemented in boxing. This is something that’s just for fun to rack up some more cash. (You’ve) got a crazy lifestyle, you spend a lot of money, and this is another way where you can stack some (cash). Fight Conor McGregor in MMA, let me know when you need me to slide through. We’ll get you trained, get you ready and beat the brakes off of him inside the octagon.”


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