On Saturday evening at UFC 214, Tyron Woodley won a clear decision over No. 1 contender Demian Maia to retain his UFC welterweight title, stopping all 21 of Maia’s takedowns and generally outlanding the jiu-jitsu ace. Though it was a clear win for Woodley, the tepid performance also drew the ire of the fans and UFC President Dana White who said Woodley “definitely could have finished it in the second round” but he “didn’t want to take the risks.” Then on Monday, Woodley went on The MMA Hour and responded to White’s comments, demanding a public apology from the UFC President and threatening to start “leaking some s**t.”
Well now apparently the beef has been squashed. Speaking with ESPN on Wednesday, Woodley said that he and White talked multiple times and that their relationship is on the mend.
"There was some yelling back and forth. At the end of the conversation, I felt pretty comfortable. It ended on a positive note. Two men can talk on the phone and maybe not agree on everything, but at least respect each other.
"I still feel he should apologize publicly, but I'm not going to hold my breath. The conversation ended with respect and that was really my goal. Dana knows all about talking off emotion. I went a little [crazy] and was talking off emotion, too. Did I really plan on leaking stuff? Probably not. But at the time, I was mad and it sounded good."
Woodley has been the subject of criticism since the beginning of his title reign where he faced scrutiny for calling for fights against Nick Diaz and Georges St-Pierre instead of against the number one contender Stephen Thompson. Woodley would go on to fight Thompson, retaining his title in a draw at UFC 205. He then rematched Thompson at UFC 209 winning a majority decision in a fight that was widely panned as awful. And though his performance on Saturday is now the second fight in a row in which Woodley has failed to impress fans, Woodley says he and his team are very happy with how he fought.
"I don't fight safe, I fight smart. I've watched the fight several times and I feel the same way I did when I walked out of the cage.
"I fight with a game plan, but sometimes you have an audible. In this fight we had one. Were there times that I thought I could knock him out? Yes. But I had to do an audible because my shoulder wouldn't let me throw the overhand right."
Woodley suffered a torn labrum in the first round of his contest with Maia which limited his offensive capability. It also perhaps resulted in Woodley losing the opportunity to face Georges St-Pierre, who White announced would be taking on Michael Bisping after Woodley’s performance, despite White having previously said St-Pierre would face the winner of the welterweight title fight at UFC 214.
But Woodley doesn’t think so. The welterweight champ says that was all smoke and mirrors and that he never was going to get that fight, in part because St-Pierre is in it for the money and Woodley is a less lucrative option when White is dragging his name through the mud.
"That was never going to happen. My fight played no factor in that.
"I want Georges to know there's no shame in his game. I'm not saying he's scared. He's not coming back for a belt or to be the best. He's coming back for big-money fights. He sees a sport in which he helped the pay-per-view model grow and he wants to get on it. There's no shame in that. But don't say you're here for any other reason.
"For me, it's about the legacy, being the best fighter and a champion who takes all comers. I'm going to make more money outside the Octagon, after my career, than I make in it. But it's making it difficult for me to achieve my goals when I have unnecessary stumbling blocks like my promoter saying damaging comments about me."
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
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Talking business in the bathroom tonight. We are always at it. There is an official "Conor McGregor conference room" right around the corner at this @ufcpi and everything. But somehow we still end up in the jax talking business instead haha. I have so much love and respect for these two men. Two legends of the fight game that have helped mentor me in this crazy business. I was mentored to a point where I was then able to position myself to where I am now. Partners in association. It has been some journey! This is an iconic image for all the true fight fans around the world!
lol I make way more money than you and I would hold you down and beat the life out of you. https://t.co/BRdZWk7oct— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) August 2, 2017
Your TDD sucks, BJJ is weak and you can't hit hard. You literally would have ZERO chance of beating me https://t.co/cTwCUA8kml— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) August 3, 2017
(1/3) All UFC fighters comebacks to me: 1) you're boring 2) you aren't in the UFC— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) August 3, 2017
(2/3) you sissies never have anything original and sad how you derive value from the org you belong to— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) August 3, 2017
(3/3) I make more money than you and I win more than you. Those are the only reasons we fight.— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) August 3, 2017
How did Chris Weidman get in on this? https://t.co/1ObI8caVad— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) August 2, 2017
Haha look at that! I'm everywhere lol— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) August 2, 2017
They wanted Robbie to win so bad they added Chris lol https://t.co/tUuEjSfkZc— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) August 2, 2017
And then this. Wouldn’t be surprised if RDA got it with a win over Magny.
Should be me. I'm coming for the gold— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) August 2, 2017
I meant here goes another one. Maybe him and the guy on the tour embarrassing himself should fight for #3 contender. https://t.co/J7uXJiGn9l— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) August 2, 2017
I'm different level my friend, I'm world champion class.— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) August 2, 2017
The beef that never ends.
Keep talking shit punk now we have a date is the talk is over— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) August 2, 2017
Tommy on Fox.
Mark Hunt getting up there in weight.
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Rodolfo Vieira (1-0) vs. Natalicio Nascimento Filho (4-2); Shooto Brazil, Aug. 27.
Bruno Malfacine (0-0) vs. Romario Garcia (0-0); Shoot Brazil. Aug. 27.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2003: Josh Barnett submitted Yuki Kondo at Pancrase: 10th Anniversary show to become the Pancrase openweight champion.
2008: Carlos Condit stopped Hiromitsu Miura in the main event of WEC 35 to retain his WEC welterweight title. In the co-main event, Steve Cantwell knocked out Brian Stann to claim the light heavyweight title.
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