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Tyron Woodley bashes Israel Adesanya for reaction to supposed callout: ‘You sound like an idiot’

Tyron Woodley
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Tyron Woodley is still on the warpath.

With the former UFC welterweight champion awaiting his next booking, he’s had plenty of time to indulge in verbal feuds with adversaries both old and new. While his clashes with Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman are unsurprising, a budding rivalry with UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has emerged out of nowhere after Woodley gave his thoughts on a potential matchup with “The Last Stylebender” should they end up in the same division in the future.

“I don’t think [Adesanya] is as dope as everybody is saying,” Woodley said in an Instagram Live video. “I think he’s great, but everyone is making him out like he’s some phenomenon. I’ve seen some exposure in the [Kelvin] Gastelum fight — somebody I walked through. I’ve seen some exposure in the Yoel Romero fight, he’s scared of guys with power. One thing that Yoel and I have in common — not the same — is power, explosiveness. It didn’t seem like he was trying to deal with that at all.”

Adesanya and teammate Dan Hooker responded in kind, which prompted Woodley to address those comments on social media Tuesday.

In a pair of tweets, Woodley referred to Adesanya as “an idiot” and accused him of misinterpreting his words. He also wrote that Adesanya is afraid of Jon Jones and that his focus is on getting his belt back before possibly moving up to middleweight.

Woodley added that he has actually praised Adesanya in the past and that his goal is “fighting the best,” but now he wants to fight Adesanya because he is “a whole hoe.”

In regards to criticisms regarding his alleged picking and choosing of fights, Woodley also took time to fire back at comments made by welterweight rivals Usman, Covington, and Leon Edwards.

Woodley was originally scheduled to fight Edwards at UFC London on March 21, but their bout and the event itself were cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

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