Tyron Woodley ramped up his criticism of UFC president Dana White again, who responded in kind.
UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is not about to put aside his dispute with Dana White. White stated before UFC 209 that Woodley’s recent complaints about his treatment by the organization amounted to him being a drama queen, a term that Woodley threw right back at him, saying he ‘learned from the best’. Now that Woodley was involved in a terrible title fight (that he won by controversial majority decision) at last weekend’s pay-per-view, things have ramped up even more.
After the bout, White stated that he thought Stephen Thompson won the fight with Woodley, that the contest was pretty bad, and that it didn’t help Woodley’s stock at all. Woodley wasn’t impressed by this, saying that Dana should go in there and fight Wonderboy then, among other things. Today though, in an interview with TMZ, he went even further with his complaints about White and his treatment by the promotion, and even ended it with a bit of a threat:
“Dana White thought I won the first fight but he didn’t publicly come out and say I won the first fight. So I thought it was a bit distasteful for the promoter to say (Thompson) won the fight. That’s like me coming out and saying as a fighter that I don’t think he didn’t do a good job of promoting the fight. Which I don’t. I don’t think they’ve done a good job of promoting me as champion.
“Have you ever heard of a commissioner going off on a (judge) for…’oh man, he should have never awarded that 10-8 round.’ Have you ever heard that before? Why in my fight would the person do that, when, in fact, the 10-8 ound did not fix the outcome at all. The person that gave the 10-8 was the person that gave the draw. So why would we be making such a huge travesty on that? The should have done that in New York.
“I’ma just fall back. I’ma do my thing. But God damn, I’ma be a tough dude to deal with.”
In the same piece, they asked Dana for his response. He gave Woodley some advice, and issued what could be seen as a warning at the end of his statement as well:
“Tyron Woodley came out and said he was going to destroy Thompson and there would be no question he was the champ. Well guess what? There’s questions again.”
“Let me tell you what…when you have a performance like you did at 209 and you get booed for 5 straight rounds and then people are booing so loud you can’t even do your interview, you should probably just take your lumps and move on. Get your next fight as fast as you can and try to put that performance behind you.”
“There’s one guy around here who calls the shots and as soon as you learn that, the better off you’ll be.”
I have a feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot more rhetoric between these two for as long as Woodley remains the champion.