The war of words between these two continue.
Current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley started looking for ‘money fights’ as soon as he beat Robbie Lawler for the title back at UFC 201. Woodley has a big name in mind for his next opponent and that’s Nate Diaz.
However, that is not what the UFC wants for him. However, since then, UFC President Dana White has come out and stated that he’s not interested in booking that fight but rather Woodley against former UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos.
Woodley made a big decision that will keep him on the sidelines for the near future, and that is to get surgery to fix his injured shoulder.
Woodley suffered a partial labrum tear early in his recent title defense over Demian Maia, which he won by decision.
Since then, he has gone back and forth about whether or not he should go under the knife to repair the injury in the months since. Woodley has decided to ultimately go through with the surgery that will sideline him for several months.
Woodley did shoulder surgery, which will allow the weight class to figure itself out in his absence.
Woodley said he thinks that UFC President Dana White went too far in essentially calling him a liar in the back and forth talk between the two men.
“That’s a little bit harsh, a little bit hardcore for somebody who is wearing the belt of your organization, that people and young fighters aspire to enter the UFC, they aspire to be UFC champion,” Woodley said to MMA Fighting. “I don’t think many people are going to aspire to be the champion when they see how champions are treated. And they see that the non-champions and the people that are unprofessional — middle-finger flicking, shit talking — they’re actually making the money.
“So what kind of picture are we trying to put out? I thought we were going in the direction to be parallel with the NFL, NHL, MLB and the other professional sports. It’s a circus until it comes to Tyron and now we want to go back to the old-school rubric. I got issues with that.”
“I just didn’t think that was right,” Woodley said. “I think even if he thought that way, it could have been said a different way. I think a lot of people spun what I was saying. Never said this fight was in negotiations. Never said any of those things. Then when Nate came out, I never heard anybody say how full of shit Nate was. It’s so funny it was a one-sided bashing.”
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