Tyron Woodley's victory over Kelvin Gastelum wasn't the most exciting bout of his career. But the American Top Team welterweight earned points after his split decision victory with a classy gesture toward his opponent.
Gastelum was fined 30 percent of his purse by the Nevada Athletic Commission after missing weight by nine pounds on Friday. The issue was complicate by Gastelum experiencing flu-like symptoms, which caused him to be hospitalized and rehydrated.
But after the win, Woodley said he didn't want to accept the 23-year-old Gastelum's money.
"He lost the fight, he missed weight, that's punishment enough," said Woodley (14-3). "I don't want to take his money. He's a young kid, I know what it's like to barley have enough money to feed my family. I don't want his money."
Gastelum held his own in the opening round of the fight, but as might be expected given Friday's events, he tired as the bout went on. Woodley, for his part, picked Gastelum apart in the standup, but could never quite put Gastelum in position to put him away.
Woodley won for the fourth time in his past five fights. Gastelum (10-1), the TUF 17 middleweight champion, will likely return to 185 pounds after this fight.