Tyron Woodley Adamantly Proclaimed That He Wouldn’t Accept Any 24 Hours’ Notice Fight
Undisputed welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is ready to fight at UFC 228, but it’ll be only Darren Till.
In recent weeks, there is much talk about UFC putting a welterweight contender Kamaru Usman 8-0 to serve a short notice replacement in case anyone from main event unable to make it. Woodley has been saying constantly even on recent Ariel Helwani MMA show, he will not fight any short notice replacement if Till failed to make a weight.
If you look at Darren Till’s history with making weight after failing to make a welterweight limit in his past two fights. ‘The Chosen One’ adamantly proclaimed that no matter what happens, he’ll be showing at UFC 228 to fight only Till and no one else.
“It’s TIll or no fight at all,” Woodley said at a media day Thursday.
“I’ll fight Usman on a full training camp,” Woodley said. “I’ll fight anybody on a full training camp. I’ll fight you on a full training camp, but I’m not a guy, this is not a circus to me. You’re not going to have me prepare to fight a 6-foot-3 striker southpaw, and then on 24 hours’ notice because this motherf*cker missed weight and he’s unprofessional, now I gotta fight a 5-foot-10 switch-stance wrestler. No, you’re not going to waste my time, you’re not going to money that I put into training camps, you’re not going to add this one crazy variable and make me feel like I’m the pansy for not taking the fight. No, it’s not what happened. So if he’s making some money for making weight, congratulations, he gets some free bags.”
Woodley has defended the strap three times including wins over Stephen Thompson twice and Demian Maia. Before that, he claimed the title by scoring a first round knock out of Robbie Lawler in 2016, now ‘The Chosen One’ isn’t pleased how UFC set up an Interim title fight between outspoken Colby Covington and Rafael Dos Anjos on his absence when he was recovering from shoulder surgery.
“I’m already ready to fight him,” Woodley said. “I’m already training. I’m not doing that bullsh*t fight someone on 24 hours. This is not a joke to me. I train my ass off, I put myself in position to be successful. What other champion do you see that does that? Name me one. Name me another champion who defended his title three times in one year and had four world title fights and then had an interim title put in before one year expired? Name me another one. I’m not about the bullsh*t.”
Tyron Woodley is currently focusing on his training and not worry about someone’s weight or his longstanding feud with UFC.
“I’m a fighter who likes to focus on the fight,” Woodley said. “I don’t want to focus on him making weight, that’s out of my control. I’m going to make weight. Tell me one time you’ve seen me step on the scale and you didn’t see 170 or less. I’m a professional, I’m going to do what I have to to make weight. Whether he’s 170 or 176, he’s still going to get his ass kicked. That’s something that he has to deal with. And his body is going to be beat up from cutting all that weight. He’s probably not doing it the right way. So, it’s going to be to my benefit if he doesn’t make weight.”
Till who’s unbeaten in his professional MMA career, with 17 wins and one draw stamped on his resume.
Who do you think between Woodley and Till will come out victorious?