Tyron Woodley is not set on simply making a ton of money and setting himself up comfortably in life and calling it a career. The UFC welterweight champion feels he is on a platform to make a difference in people’s lives and will do his best to make sure his voice gets heard.
With highlighting his own history of racism in the sport of mixed martial arts, Woodley says that he is trying to make a dent in this world in a way that he feels is important. As popularity surges with success in mixed martial arts, Woodley says that there is a big difference with those just looking to make the most money versus others that are also trying to create change.
“I won’t be Conor,” Woodley stated on the Fight Society podcast (transcribed by Damond Martin of FOX Sports). I don’t want to be the dude that you just think about with a crazy suit, talking crap, fighting in these super fights and driving a Rolls-Royce. What else can you tell me about Conor? What can you tell me about what he’s doing in the community? What can you tell me about what he’s doing in family? What can you tell me he’s doing in business besides blowing money? We don’t know a lot about him besides those two or three categories.
“That’s not my legacy. That’s his legacy. His goals are very clear and simple and I respect him for it to be honest.”
Woodley stressed that his pay is important to him and that he will fight and take a stand on getting paid what he feels he is worth with the UFC, but there are more goals he has in life that have brought him to this stage.
“I didn’t really get into the sport for fame,” Woodley said. “I didn’t get into it to be this infamous guy that everybody worships. I got into this sport to make a difference. Some of the things I’m speaking out on, I knew I would have a platform at some point.
“This is not the first time in this sport where I feel like I have to work a little bit harder. That I have to do a little bit more. That I have to leave no doubt and this has been since my collegiate wrestling career, since high school, football, I’ve always had to do this.”
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 2/23/2017.