This past weekend, in the main event of UFC 209, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley defended his welterweight championship in a rather controversial fight. Despite many scoring the fight for Stephen Thompson, Woodley was awarded the majority decision following a lackluster performance.
Following the fight, UFC President Dana White stated that he believed Thompson won the fight three rounds to two, and that he believed one judge scoring the 5th round 10-8 for Woodley likely made a rather large difference.
Now, just days after UFC 209, Tyron Woodley has taken aim at UFC President Dana White regarding his comments. He spoke to TMZ, saying:
“Dana White thought I won the first fight but he didn’t publicly come out and say I won the first fight. So I thought it was a bit distasteful for the promoter to say (Thompson) won the fight. That’s like me coming out and saying as a fighter that I don’t think he didn’t do a good job of promoting the fight. Which I don’t. I don’t think they’ve done a good job of promoting me as champion.
“Have you ever heard of a commissioner going off on a (judge) for — ‘oh man, he should have never awarded that 10-8 round.’ Have you ever heard that before? Why in my fight would the person do that, when, in fact, the 10-8 round did not fix the outcome at all. The person that gave the 10-8 was the person that gave the draw. So why would we be making such a huge travesty on that? They should have done that in New York.
“I’ma just fall back. I’ma do my thing. But God damn, I’ma be a tough dude to deal with.”
Expect a response from UFC President Dana White shortly.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/7/2017.