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Morning Report: Tyron Woodley ‘squashes beef’ with Dana White, Rafael dos Anjos, and Colby Covington

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In recent weeks, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has been embroiled in very public disputes with several notable figures in the MMA community. UFC president Dana White said Woodley was “full of s**t” about being offered a money-fight opportunity against Nate Diaz and other elite welterweight contenders - namely, Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington - took shots at Woodley for chasing a title fight against a lightweight instead of against one of them. But after a few weeks of defending himself and firing back at all parties, now it seems Woodley is ready to move on.

Speaking recently on his TMZ Sports show, The Hollywood Beatdown, Woodley said he was squashing all of his beefs and intends to focus on himself.

“I’ve had a deep breath, had a weekend - I didn’t have much sleep because I’m always working - and I’m squashing everything,” Woodley said. “I’m focusing on getting the shoulder together. One-by-one, everybody will get these hands. I don’t know the order, I don’t know who’s next, but I never wanted to bounce around and not continue to defend my belt. I’ve been here for a while and I plan on knocking everybody out.

“People have a short-term memory on what I’ve been able to do: 11 finishes, nine in the first round, some of the most vicious KOs in UFC history. Those stats are never talked about, so therefore, I’m going to take a woosa,” Woodley said. “So if you people want to know about the Dana beef, about the Frankenstein beef, about the ‘Queefington’ beef, I don’t want to talk about it. I’m focusing on being successful.”

Woodley won the title at UFC 201, brutally knocking out Robbie Lawler in the first round. Since then he has defended the belt three times over the best the welterweight division has to offer, winning two decisions and retaining the title with a majority draw against Stephen Thompson.

But while the strength of Woodley’s title schedule is unquestionable, the fights themselves have been lackluster and Woodley has appeared to be more interested in chasing down marquee matchups with big names rather than facing unheralded No. 1 contenders, a desire that upsets a portion of MMA fans. Those fans should calm down though, according to Woodley, because it’s not like he’s “ducking” anyone. Woodley has consistently fought the best fighters when put in front of them, and he reminds everyone that the reason he has yet to defend his title again, is not that he wants a money fight but because he just recently had shoulder surgery.

“Everything,” Woodley said. “Burying the hatchet with everything, because at the end of the day a lot of people are like, ‘Why don’t you just fight?’ I had surgery, Dec. 19, 2017. We are exactly eight weeks from that point. If you guys think from a serious SLAP tear - a labrum tear - you can be back fighting in eight weeks, you guys need to get a life. That’s not realistic.”

Woodley says he is still hoping for a return to action this summer, though he declined to mention a possible opponent.


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FINAL THOUGHTS

Hope y’all enjoyed the weekend and for those of you with today off, I hope you’re making the most of it. Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.


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