Tyron Woodley is the UFC’s welterweight champ, but apparently he wants something more than that. And if he doesn’t get it, according to him it’s definitely because of the color of his skin.
On today’s “The MMA Hour”, Woodley doubled down on that racism talk. Is there some veracity to his claims? It’s hard for me to see things his way, since I remember all too clearly how much Kevin Randleman got a promotional push – and it wasn’t because Randleman was black or anything, it was because Randleman was both INTERESTING AND EXCITING.
Anyway, here’s MMAFighting with Woodley’s quotes:
“If you look at the history of our sport — and it’s not even just our sport — the history of the American culture, certain things are subliminally racist that people don’t understand are racist,” Woodley said.
The UFC contacted Woodley after he made those statements last week, he said, and wants to work with him to amend the perceived slight.
“If it wasn’t a problem and if it wasn’t a current situation that exists in the sport, why would my promoter be contacting me on how to solve the problem?” Woodley said. “Now, hats off to them, because they didn’t have to do that.”
“It’s not about black and white,” Woodley said. “It’s about pointing out things that are not right, that are unjust. Things that are not equal. Nobody should be treated any type of way because of their color, their race, their gender, their socioeconomic status. We’re all human.”