Tyron Woodley retained his UFC welterweight championship this past weekend in Anaheim, scoring a unanimous decision victory over top division contender Demian Maia in the co-main event of UFC 214.
“T-Wood” was able to shutdown all 21 of the Brazilian submission specialists takedown attempts while getting off enough offense to leave Maia with two badly swollen eyes.
Unfortunately, the five-round fight between Maia and Woodley was not overly entertaining and instead turned out to be more of a chess match.
With that said, the welterweight title fight played out as many fans and analysts expected it would, with Woodley utilizing a cautious gameplan in order to avoid the dangerous submission game of the Brazilian.
Following Saturday’s UFC 214 event, UFC President Dana White voiced his displeasure with “The Chosen One” claiming that Woodley could have finished Maia in the first or second round if he had been willing to take some “risks”. White added that fans would likely give a flat out “No” if asked if they wanted to see Tyron Woodley fight again.
On Monday, Tyron Woodley revealed that he had suffered a torn labrum during the first-round of his fight with Demain Maia. Shorty after getting the diagnosis, “T-Wood” joined Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour where he fired back at UFC President Dana White for his recent comments (Transcribed by MMAFighting).
“I don’t care so much about the fans, but when your job title is promoter, promote your f*cking fighters,” Woodley said Monday on The MMA Hour. “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.”
When Ariel Helwani asked Woodley to elaborate on his “leaking some sh*t” comment, Tyron stated the following.
“They know what I’m referring to. I’m due a public apology.”