There’s nothing worse than a fighter that will take no risks, except of course a UFC champ that will take no risks (because we have to watch those crappy fights – that’s what makes it worse). On Saturday, Tyron Woodley went the distance with jiu-jitsu stud Demian Maia, and the fight was awful, partially because Maia has only jiu-jitsu and not enough wrestling or striking when he can’t utilize that grappling. The other reason why that fight was awful was because of Woodley.
Woodley, you see, took zero risks. And sure, he came away with the “W”, but there isn’t a soul out there who’d want to see Woodley fight like that again.
However, before you start hatin’ on the man, know this: he says he had an injury that prevented him from… I don’t know, fighting or something.
As per Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour“:
“I don’t care so much about the fans, but when your job title is promoter, promote your f*cking fighters,” Woodley said Monday on The MMA Hour. “Promote your champion. Don’t demote your champion. I threw my shoulder out in the first round, I wasn’t able to throw any damaging shots — for you guys who don’t understand what a labrum tear is, go get on Google or Wikipedia and figure it out — and I still stayed the course, I stayed on path, I stayed on point, I executed the gameplan. I had to reduce all of my shots from overhands, uppercuts, things that were hurting my shoulder, to straight punches.
“So, sorry in advance, I’m mad because I’ve had this surgery before. It’s not a fun one. It’s not a quick recovery. It’s not something that I’m excited about. I’m going to get a couple second opinions. Literally I’m in the Uber right now, I just f*cking got out of the doctors office, like right this second. There’s paperwork in my hand. So I’m just, I’m owed a public apology. You’re going to publicly scrutinize me, Dana White? You publicly need to apologize to me.
“I’ve done nothing but good stuff for the sport. I’ve done nothing but be a good model for the f*cking organization. I go out there and I fight with integrity. I covered your sport from the FOX desk a week before my fight. I always uphold my responsibilities to the organization. It’s timeout for that. The word behind ‘business’ is ‘man.’ You need to be a man, you owe me a public apology. And if I don’t get that, I’m going to start leaking some sh*t that people don’t want to be out in the wind. I’m not even kidding about that.”