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Tyron Woodley Plans To Show Dana White, Others The Real Fighter

Tyron Woodley

Tyron Woodley doesn’t believe a few hiccups throughout his MMA career warrant the label of choker.

UFC president Dana White stated just that following a recent loss by Woodley to Rory MacDonald, and the welterweight contender has responded.

“I don’t think that’s accurate to say I choke in every big fight, because I’ve been in some big fights (and won),” said Woodley, during an interview with “I think I didn’t choke in the Carlos Condit fight, and that was the biggest fight of my life.”

Woodley (13-3) earned a victory over Condit after the former interim UFC welterweight champion suffered a serious knee injury and could no longer compete. The injury happened after Woodley took Condit down.

Despite the decision loss to MacDonald, Woodley can get himself right back in title contention later this year when he faces Dong Hyun Kim (19-2-1) in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 48.

“Everyone who knows me and knows what I’m capable of knows that I didn’t perform in my last outing,” he said. “(Meeting Kim) gives me a chance to go out there and redeem myself.”

Woodley lost a chance to become the Strikeforce welterweight champion when he was bested by Nate Marquardt. His only other loss was a split decision defeat to Jake Shields in 2013.

“For me, it’s just knowing against high-level performers you have to be on,” he said. “You light switch has to turn on no matter what you feel like. I feel like this is my chance to go out there and redeem.

“We’ve seen the killer Tyron Woodley, we’ve seen the guy have some closer fights; I think it’s time to consistently see the same fighter.”

  • hindsightufuk says:

    can’t help feeling this is a bad match up for Kim. The way he fought against Hathaway was reckless (fun, but reckless), and should he try that against Woodley, he’s gonna get his arse handed to him

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Agreed, I do not think Kim has the power or speed standing to get to Woodley, the only thing he may have is endurance but that is iffy. Kim may be able to grind this one out though just like Shields did, wear Woodley out on the fence and get the takedowns late.

  • Dufresne says:

    I don’t think Stun Gun is going to be able to get the takedowns to grind Woodley out like Shields did. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him shoot for them, or more likely go for a judo toss of some sort, but I think Woodley knows that Kim’s best shot is going to be to get Woodley on his back and he’s going to train to defend that. This really is a bad matchup for Kim, but he’s proved me wrong before.

  • Dufresne says:

    I’d also like to add that unless he does something just heinous, Woodley will always have a place in my heart for the way he lawn chaired Kos. I have watched that replay probably 200 times. Watching that Fraggle Rock reject forget how to count was good for my soul.


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