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Morning Report: Tyron Woodley on Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington: ‘I wasn’t impressed. I was really disgusted.’

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Tyron Woodley had a bad 2019. First, the former welterweight champion lost his title to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 in one of the worst performances of the year. Then, Woodley was forced out of a scheduled rematch with Robbie Lawler last summer when he injured his hand. Since then, Woodley has been on the shelf rehabbing his injury and just last weekend, “The Chosen One” had to end 2019 by watching Usman defend his belt against Woodley’s bitter rival Colby Covington at UFC 245, winning the fight the same way Woodley always said he would, by breaking Covington’s jaw. It was a fight many consider to be among the best of the year, but Woodley says all it made him was sick.

“Kamaru won the fight, broke Colby’s jaw,” Woodley told TMZ Sports recently. “Colby, I thought, was winning the fight by a little small margin. I wasn’t impressed. I was really disgusted. I wanted to throw up, the fact that I lost to Usman. If I would’ve punched Colby, he may be on life support right now.

“When I’m looking at how many punches those guys took, I was impressed by their durability, I was impressed by the fact that the kept doing it over and over again- it was kind of a teeter-tottering thing - but as far as I.Q., move your f*cking head maybe? I didn’t see a lot of that, I was surprised that I didn’t see a lot of wrestling. I thought I was going to see a lot a lot of wrestling. I didn’t see a lot of power. I guess you can’t make a motherf*cker have power. You can’t inject power into somebody’s body - well, [laughs] you can inject power into somebody’s body, it’s called USADA failure.”

Usman and Covington engaged in a back-and-forth battle and though Covington ultimately lost, many people gained respect for the most controversial man in the division because of the way he fought on despite breaking his jaw in the middle of the fight. Woodley is not one of those people. The former champion says there are no moral victories inside the cage.

“I just don’t like when people try to give unnecessary savage moments,” Woodley continued. “‘Oh he broke his jaw in the second round and kept fighting!’ Yeah, but you lost. How many times have I broken my foot against Kelvin Gastelum, or tore my shoulder against Demian Maia, or f*cked my hand up against Darren Till and still won. That’s the difference. I never got the savage moments, ‘Oh, Tyron’s so tough because he continued, and won!’ So f*ck both of them. I don’t want to give them no love, I don’t want to give them no clout.”

Harsh words, especially for Usman who, Woodley has previously shown a lot of respect for. But this appears to be a new Woodley, one who is tired of not getting the credit he feels he deserves and he went on to clarify that he still has respect for Usman and what’s he accomplished, but that he’s coming to get his title back.

“I always got respect for Kamaru but that don’t mean I’m not gonna say f*ck him,” Woodley explained. “I respect what you do, I respect that the night that we fought, he came forth and executed a game plan. You can never take that away from him. He fought against the greatest welterweight of all time, he stayed focused, he stayed dedicated, with everything at stake and was able to execute. That’s it. He will get respect from me. I told him myself, ‘I have to call you champ. You are champion.’ Even if he lose the next fight to me, forever he will get the word champ from me. But when it comes down to fighting, f*ck him, f*ck all the welterweights, Leon, peon, whoever else. F*ck everybody because I’m the best welterweight of all time.”

Woodley did make two exceptions though and the names might surprise you: Mike Perry and Jorge Masvidal. Woodley says he respects those two men because they’re authentic and, hie big problem with the UFC 245 main event was that it felt contrived.

“When I watch the division, it’s really me,” Woodley said. “I’m the only name in the division. It’s only two guys that I really, really respect on a different level and that’s Mike Perry and Jorge Masvidal. Those two are real motherf*ckers, no matter what. When you look back, ten years behind, they were the same people. When you see these guys switching sides like they jumping fences, I just can’t take it. They corny.”

Woodley might have a point. Covington’s beef was originally with Woodley and that was the feud that was anticipated to happen. Instead, Covington and the UFC kept getting into contractual disputes and then Woodley lost the title. Now, with both men coming off losses, it might be the time to finally see the real grudge match play out.


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I’m too old to be fighting. But I have the exact same body I did when I was 19, and as far as I know that’s what you fight with. I’m a black belt in everything now. I’ve done it all at the highest level from NCAA wrestling to Thai boxing in Thailand. I came to Thailand to get in shape and see what happens & nothing happened other than me get in shape and fight 3 Xs. In MMA & boxing. As the saying goes it’s not about when your done with the business, it’s about when the business is done with you. Looks like it’s time to go out of business. I gave everything I had to this sport. Gave it all I got, and it gave me everything I wanted just to take it all back away from me again. Ive had some unbelievably great moments and some heart breaking. The higest of highs and lowest of lows. I’ve met some of the best people and the absolute worst and everything in between. I’d call this game my addiction. It was basically a flip of the coin for me. The best high that lasted days or lowest low that lasted weeks if not months. Yet I couldn’t stop flipping the coin. And going all in on the outcome. @bkfc01 told me I had @therealbobbygunn for the title and I did all I could to get ready for it. But it don’t like that’s happening now. I really have lost my motivation and desire to train or fight. If I don’t get an offer somebody in any stile that brings that motivation back. I think I’m going to have to hang up the gloves and tune the page on the next chapter in my life. I always been in this game to be the best and a champion. Not to pay bills and survive. I’ve had a lot of alone time in Thailand to think. It was basically lonely. I realize the last few years of my life have been nothing but that. I new going in that it was a hit or miss. And I’d have to say at the very least I went down swinging. It was a fun yet lonely & hard ride. ESP at the end. I put all my eggs into this basket. And I can’t remember where the fuck I put the basket. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, and the taste left in my mouth makes me want to puke. Life’s not fair, oh well. Could be worse. I’d have to honestly say I gave it all I got. But coulda gave so much more.

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