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Tyron Woodley 'chokes in big fights', says Dana White

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UFC President Dana White is known for calling things exactly how he sees them. After UFC 174 on Saturday he was no different.

After not attending the post-fight press conference, leaving UFC Canada chief Tom Wright in charge, he spoke to MMAFighting on Tyron Woodley's disappointing performance against Rory MacDonald.

White commented: "He choked in the big fight tonight. He needed to come out and try to rip that head off in the third round and he didn't even do that. He threw a few punches, missed and didn't knock him out. He just sort of sat back into the way he fought the rest of the fight.

"He got beat tonight. He got beat mentally. He got beat physically. Tyron's got a ways to go. He seems like he chokes in the big fights."

It was a very poor performance from Woodley. After he finished both Josh Koscheck and Carlos Condit in his two previous fights, the American Top Team fighter was banging on the door for a shot at the welterweight title. However his loss to MacDonald moved him to 13-3 and slipped down the 170lbs pecking order, leaving fans and the UFC frustrated with what was a very poor performance.

As for MacDonald, he extended his resume to an impressive 17-2 and now rides a two-fight win streak after defeating Demian Maia at UFC 170. 'Mayday' now has strong claims for a shot at the title, however he will be waiting a while as Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown clash in a number one contenders match to see who'll face Johnny Hendricks for the gold. That'll be sometime next year but another win could secure MacDonald a title shot in 2015.

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