Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley says his multiple conversations with UFC president Dana White this week went fairly well.
Two days after his third title defense — a decision win over Demian Maia in the UFC 214 co-main event last Saturday — welterweight champion Tyron Woodley revealed he tore his labrum in the first round, limiting his power for the rest of the fight.
That didn’t prevent Dana White from criticizing Woodley’s somewhat lackluster performance. The UFC president did not enjoy the fight whatsoever, and even changed his plans of booking Woodley against former champ Georges St-Pierre to a middleweight title fight between champ Michael Bisping and the Canadian star.
Woodley, in an interview on The MMA Hour, demanded a public apology from White for his comments. Two days later, his wish has yet to be granted, but the UFC boss and the champ have had multiple conversations since the fight, the criticism, and the apology demand, as per Woodley.
White said on Tuesday things between him and Woodley are much calmer, and Woodley on Wednesday backed up what White said, adding that their discussions ended respectfully.
“There was some yelling back and forth,” Woodley told ESPN. “At the end of the conversation, I felt pretty comfortable. It ended on a positive note. Two men can talk on the phone and maybe not agree on everything, but at least respect each other.
“I still feel he should apologize publicly, but I’m not going to hold my breath. The conversation ended with respect and that was really my goal. Dana knows all about talking off emotion. I went a little (crazy) and was talking off emotion, too. Did I really plan on leaking stuff? Probably not. But at the time, I was mad and it sounded good.”
Woodley is now riding a six-fight unbeaten streak. He holds wins over Stephen Thompson, Robbie Lawler, Carlos Condit, among others.