Tyron Woodley Didn’t Offer Any Excuse For His Loss But Believes His Resume Justify An Immediate Rematch With Kamaru Usman
UFC 235 PPV event went down this past (Sat., Mar. 2, 2019) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Several fighters are recovering from loss including a Robbie Lawler who suffered a controversial stoppage defeat from the hands of Ben Askren and Anthony Smith who lost the bid in capturing a light heavyweight title when Jon Jones dissected ‘Lionheart’ for the course of five round en route to a unanimous decision win.
In the co-main, we got to witnessed another highly intriguing welterweight bout where Kamaru Usman and division’s champion Tyron Woodley squared off. ‘The Chosen One’ was looking to add a fourth straight win to cement his legacy as the greatest welterweight of all time. Moreover, a win would set him a fight against controversial Colby Covington, but Woodley failed to retain his title after his foe “Nigerian Nightmare” entirely dominated him throughout five rounds to claim the crown.
After the loss, Woodley was humble and said it wasn’t his night. ‘The Chosen One’ also adds at one point every champion face the adversity but he’s looking to get that fight again. Considering the amount of work, he has put in as a champion Woodley believes he deserves an immediate rematch. (h/t MMAMania)
“That was my fifth title defense, I feel like, as a champion, and what I’ve done in this organization, that the performance may not have vouched for a rematch, but I think my resume does.”
“I beat a lot of ass in my day. I’ve also been knocked down and had to bounce back up. I can give you a million excuses on earth, but I can tell you right now that I was prepared and ready,” Woodley said during the UFC 235 post-fight press conference. “Sometimes you just go out there and have those fights where it’s a bad dream. You want to punch hard but you don’t punch.
“You want to move forward but you’re stepping back,” he continued. “I had too many moments in there and Kamaru, he came out and he won. I still believe I’m the greatest welterweight of all time. Now, my path is getting back to the belt. Sometimes, everyone thinks proving that is that you were on a streak and you don’t lose or you were undefeated. But sometimes the greatest champions have to face adversity and bounce back and win. So I am looking to run that fight back.”
What’s next for Woodley is unknown, but he can rematch Lawler.
But UFC head honcho Dana White has some other plans as he has already given a yes to Askren vs. Lawler rematch, however ‘Funky’ said he’d pass on to that idea. So this might open a road for Woodley and ‘Ruthless’ to run it back again.
Do you agree Woodley is still the GOAT? Who should he fight next?