UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is fresh off a decision win over Demian Maiathis past weekend, where he defended his welterweight title in rather lackluster fashion. Following that, Woodley and UFC President Dana White engaged in a rather heated feud that saw both sides go off on one another in various interviews.
White informed Woodley that he would be revoking his superfight with Georges St-Pierredue to the fact that he is confident that fans don’t want to see Woodley fight. After their public spat, Woodley threatened to release unfavorable screenshots of White unless he received a public apology. Following that, reports emerged that White and Woodley had settled their beef, and were now on good terms once again.
Tyron Woodley spoke to BloodyElbow to discuss the situation:
“WE HAD A GOOD CONVERSATION. I’M AN OUTSPOKEN PERSON AND IF I SEE THINGS THAT AREN’T RIGHT, I’M GONNA SPEAK ON IT, WHETHER IT’S MYSELF OR ANYBODY ELSE. I THINK THAT’S WHAT YOU SHOULD DO, YOU SHOULD ADVOCATE FOR THINGS TO BE RIGHT ACROSS THE BOARD. I FELT LIKE SOME THINGS HE SAID WEREN’T RIGHT, HE FELT SOME THINGS I SAID WEREN’T RIGHT. HE HAD SOME ISSUES WITH MY PERFORMANCE, I HAD SOME ISSUES WITH THE WAY SOME PEOPLE WERE TALKING ABOUT IT. WE TALKED, YELLED, WENT BACK AND FORTH AND AT THE END OF THE CONVERSATION, WE LEFT ON MUCH MORE RESPECTFUL TERMS. I FELT MUCH BETTER AFTER THE CALL.
IN GENERAL, I DON’T HAVE A PROBLEM TAKING UP FOR MYSELF OVER SOMETHING I FELT WAS WRONG. I WENT OUT THERE AND COMPLETELY SCORED A SHUTOUT OVER A GUY THAT HAS HAD 12 OPPONENTS BACK-TO-BACK THAT HE’S BEEN ABLE TO SCORE TAKEDOWNS ON, SEVEN VICTORIES IN A ROW, 19 UFC VICTORIES, AND HAD HE BEATEN ME, HE WOULD HAVE TIED THE RECORD FOR THE MOST VICTORIES IN THE OCTAGON. NOBODY, NOT EVEN ANDERSON SILVA, MADE DEMIAN MAIA LOOK LIKE THAT.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/4/2017.