Over the weekend, Tyron Woodley defended his UFC welterweight title for a third time with a decision triumph over Demian Maia. Regrettably, the slow nature of Woodley’s win generated quite a bit of backlash, the most notable of which came from UFC President Dana White.
On Monday’s edition of the MMA Hour, the welterweight champ defended his performance against Maia, and even threatened to leak sensitive information about the UFC boss.
“I don’t care so much about the fans, but when your job title is promoter, promote your f*cking fighters,” Woodley said (h/t MMAFighting.com). “Promote your champion. Don’t demote your champion. I threw my shoulder out in the first round, I wasn’t able to throw any damaging shots — for you guys who don’t understand what a labrum tear is, go get on Google or Wikipedia and figure it out — and I still stayed the course, I stayed on path, I stayed on point, I executed the gameplan. I had to reduce all of my shots from overhands, uppercuts, things that were hurting my shoulder, to straight punches.”
“So, sorry in advance, I’m mad because I’ve had this surgery before. It’s not a fun one. It’s not a quick recovery. It’s not something that I’m excited about. I’m going to get a couple second opinions. Literally I’m in the Uber right now, I just f*cking got out of the doctors office, like right this second. There’s paperwork in my hand. So I’m just, I’m owed a public apology. You’re going to publicly scrutinize me, Dana White? You publicly need to apologize to me.”
“I’ve done nothing but good stuff for the sport. I’ve done nothing but be a good model for the f*cking organization. I go out there and I fight with integrity. I covered your sport from the FOX desk a week before my fight. I always uphold my responsibilities to the organization. It’s timeout for that. The word behind ‘business’ is ‘man.’ You need to be a man, you owe me a public apology. And if I don’t get that, I’m going to start leaking some sh*t that people don’t want to be out in the wind. I’m not even kidding about that.”
Needless to say, Tyron Woodley was not happy with Dana White. Apparently, however, the two have now squashed their beef. TMZ has claims to have confirmed this with both parties.
“Woodley and I talked and he said he was just pissed and upset and didn’t mean it,” White told TMZ.
“We good,” Woodley is said to have confirmed.
What do you make of this beef between Dana White and Tyron Woodley? Do you think it’s actually squashed?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/1/2017.