Tyron Woodley knows the UFC was biased towards him.
Woodley was the UFC’s welterweight champion from 2016 until 2018 and defended his strap four times. However, throughout his UFC career, Dana White took aim at Woodley, and he says it was because the promotion was biased toward other fighters.
“You know good and well I told you tore my labrum against Demian Maia and you just told everybody nobody wants to watch me fight,” Woodley said on Jaxxon podcast. “But, you just praised Paige VanZant, bless her heart that’s my dog, she fought a tough fight, she was courageous, she lost the fight, she lost with the arm. Remember she was fighting Jessica-Rose Clark, but they saluted her on fighting injury. I tore my right labrum, my money-making shot. I was kind of barked a little bit, saying you owe me a public apology or I’m going to start singing. So, we wrapped it up.”
Ultimately, Tyron Woodley fought out his UFC contract back in 2021 when he lost to Vicente Luque. It was his fourth-straight loss and that fight was also the last on his deal, and the UFC didn’t re-sign him.
Woodley wants to fight Adesanya
Since then, Woodley had two boxing matches against Jake Paul, lost by split decision in the first fight, and lost by KO in the second.
Following the two losses, Tyron Woodley has yet to fight again, but he says he would return to the UFC if he’s given a fight against Israel Adesanya as he wants to beat him up.
“The only person I would just want to beat the f**k out of is Israel Adesanya. I don’t like him,” Woodley said. “Because he cap. He was never Israel Adesanya. How do I do this again. Israel Adesanya, I get on the same show, TMZ, and they asked me who was next up. I said, ‘I kind of like this Israel kid. He’s kind of different, but he’s got some pizazz. He’s got his own character. He’s flashy, but he’s a good martial artist. I think he’s one to watch out for. This is when he first started out. So I gave him his respect.
“Then they asked me, who did I want to fight? Whoever’s at the top. So you’re at the top, my brother, it’s a salute. I never wanted to fight Nick, Nate [Diaz] or Conor [McGregor], or Georges [St-Pierre] because I thought they were weak, easy and whack. I thought they was the best. To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best,” Woodley added.
Whether or not the UFC would have any interest in Tyron Woodley vs. Israel Adesanya is to be seen.