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.