clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Morning Report: Tyron Woodley announces that he’s getting the ‘I love Jake Paul’ tattoo this weekend

New, 85 comments
UFC 201 Media Day
Tyron Woodley
Esther Lin/MMAFighting.com

Tyron Woodley is ready to follow through on his bet with Jake Paul.

Last month, Woodley faced Paul in an eight-round boxing match, and in the leadup to the bout, Paul and Woodley made a bet where if Paul won, Woodley would get an “I love Jake Paul” tattoo and vice versa. Paul ended up winning a split decision over Woodley which should have concluded the bet; however, immediately after the decision was announced, Woodley campaigned for a rematch and while the two were going back and forth in the ring, Paul said that if Woodley got the “I love Jake Paul” tattoo, he would give him the rematch. But Woodley ended up dragging his feet on having the ink done, demanding Paul sign a fight contract first, so Paul moved on from the fight, instead targeting a bout with Tommy Fury next. That fight is running into its own issues though and now, perhaps as a last-ditch effort to secure a rematch, Woodley says he’s going to follow through on his original bet with Paul.

“Tommy Fury should have never even been in position for the bag,” Woodley said on Instagram with Ariel Helwani. “I’m gonna just let the week go through and see what happens. I think the most sensible thing to do is run it back, I think I’m getting this tattoo Saturday, by the way. Yeah, I just feel like I should do it because it’s a solid thing to do. I’m going to do it on Saturday.”

Paul issued some very specific guidelines for Woodley with regard to the tattoo, saying he cannot get it covered and that is must be visible with shorts and a shirt on. Woodley says he has not yet decided where he will get it, but he’s considering putting it on his knuckles.

“I don’t know yet, I’m gonna think about it,” Woodley said. “Not neck, not face. I should have put it across my f*cking knuckles. To me it’s like this, if a dude wants to pay me to whip his ass, since he supposedly ‘paid me and promoted the fight’, then I love you. (Laughs). Because you’re that dumb.”

Whether getting the tattoo will incentivize Paul to offer Woodley a rematch still remains to be seen. Their fight last month reportedly sold 500,000 pay-per-views which is a solid number but a far cry from the 1 million that Paul sold when he faced Ben Askren earlier this year. Ultimately, it could come down to how the negotiations with Tommy Fury go for Paul. Or perhaps UFC President Dana White will have a change of heart and give Paul what he really wants, a fight with BMF Champion Jorge Masvidal.


TOP STORIES

Ruthless. Robbie Lawler reacts to Nick Diaz asking for fight to be moved to middleweight: ‘I’m ready to fight.’

Standard. Nick Diaz skips media day, expected to make first fight week appearance at press conference.

COVID. Miesha Tate tests positive for COVID-19, fight against Ketlen Vieira postponed.

Promotion. Jake Paul issues ‘final’ message to Tommy Fury: ‘You’re too busy taking molly instead of taking fights.’

Garbage. UFC heavyweight Chris Barnett suspended, fined for marijuana despite NAC’s rule change on the drug.

BS. Ari Emanuel defends fighter pay in UFC while touting Conor McGregor as highest-paid athlete.


VIDEO STEW

The MMA Hour.

Embedded.

Nick Diaz’s Strikeforce run.

Conor McGregor’s first pitch.


LISTEN UP

We Got Next. Interviews with Ben Parish and Matt Bessette.

Jack Slack. Previewing Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

He’s gonna make it!

Truly an insane story behind this one.

Not feeling great about this now.

Anthony Smith on Aleksandar Rakic.

Conor on his first pitch experience.

Dillon Danis got submitted by a cop.

That sounds awful.

These two.

Celebration.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Nick Maximov (5-0) vs. Cody Brundage (5-1); UFC 266, Sep. 25.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Good for Tyron. A bet’s a bet. If you don’t want to have an awful tattoo, don’t make it in the first place. I doubt this moves the needle for Jake Paul but I respect Woodley following through.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


EXIT POLL

Poll

Who wins this weekend?

This poll is closed

  • 92%
    Valentina Shevchenko
    (851 votes)
  • 7%
    Lauren Murphy
    (66 votes)
917 votes total Vote Now

If you find something you’d like to see in the Morning Report, hit up @JedKMeshew on Twitter and let him know about it. Also follow MMAFighting on Instagram and like us on Facebook.