The welterweight champion is trying to avoid controversy, stating fans “want me to say what should be said, so that’s what I’m gonna do.”
UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley still can’t help but be upset at the way he’s been misunderstood by fans, the media, and even his own promotion since gaining his belt. Recent comments on racism in the sport prompted UFC president Dana White to label Woodley “a bit of a drama queen,” which left Tyron short for words during today’s UFC 209 media conference call.
“I think this rematch is happening because the first fight was a draw,” he said flatly when asked a leading question about the UFC pushing him into accepting a second fight with Stephen Thompson. “I mean, I can say what I think the reasons a rematch is happening, but you know…. Obviously the fight was a draw according to the judges and it was fight of the night in the biggest card in UFC history, everyone wants to see it again and I’m ready to roll.”
When prompted again if those were his reasons or the official reasons, Woodley demurred.
“Not many people are interested in my thoughts,” he continued. “They want me to say what should be said, so that’s what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna say the filtered version of it, I’m excited … I’m all positive right now, man. I can’t wait to go out there and prove that I’m the best welterweight in the history of the sport.”
But Woodley couldn’t help but call out Fox Sports’ Damon Martin for an article he wrote giving Tyron’s response to White’s ‘drama queen’ quote.
“I got a question for you, Damon!” Woodley said with a laugh. “Why you trying to get me in trouble in the doghouse with that headline? I read the article, the article was okay. The headline made it sound like I was going to go for Dana White’s throat. You’re trying to get people all pumped up so they can think I’m saying some crazy stuff in there!”
For reference, Martin’s headline was ‘Tyron Woodley responds to Dana White’s claims that he’s a drama queen.’ Even though the exchange was made mostly in jest, it still seems like the most important skill the welterweight champion needs to work on moving forward is a thicker skin.
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