Tyron Woodley, a UFC welterweight champion, and UFC president Dana White have been going back and forth on each other for over a year now.
But recently their ongoing beef has seemed to heighten. This all rooted in Tyron Woodley’s claim that his next title defense would be against Nate Diaz. To which Dana White specifically called Woodley out for being “full of sh-t” on an episode of UFC Tonight.
Woodley unloads his frustration on recent episode of MMA Hour and spoke about White’s comments, which he feels is hurting his brand.
I was really pissed off,” Woodley said. … “I could see if it was a situation that I literally just made up.”
Woodley says, there always seems to be a double standard when it comes to him, and haven’t been treated correctly by his boss.
“That’s a little bit harsh, a little bit hardcore for somebody who is wearing the belt of your organization, that people and young fighters aspire to enter the UFC, they aspire to be UFC champion,” Woodley said. “I don’t think many people are going to aspire to be the champion when they see how champions are treated. And they see that the non-champions and the people that are unprofessional — middle-finger flicking, shit talking — they’re actually making the money.
“So what kind of picture are we trying to put out? I thought we were going in the direction to be parallel with the NFL, NHL, MLB and the other professional sports. It’s a circus until it comes to Tyron and now we want to go back to the old-school rubric. I got issues with that.”
Tyron Woodley feels there is some bias against him given the fact that Nate Diaz also expressed interest in the potential bout.
I just didn’t think that was right,” Woodley said. “I think even if he thought that way, it could have been said a different way. I think a lot of people spun what I was saying. Never said this fight was in negotiations. Never said any of those things. Then when Nate came out, I never heard anybody say how full of shit Nate was. It’s so funny it was a one-sided bashing.”
Apparently, Woodley isn’t pleased with the current state of UFC and MMA.
“There’s no sport anymore, so quit playing with me when you guys want to act like this is a sport,” Woodley said. “And people want to [say], ‘Oh, Tyron is such a complainer.’ It’s so much negativity. Use that energy to talk about something positive.”
Tyron Woodley underwent successful shoulder surgery recently and yet has to determine when he will fight next.
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