Many fans were talking about Conor McGregor’s UFC 205 backstage incidents with #1 UFC ranked lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov and current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
There were actually two run-ins that McGregor had with Woodley with one taking place during the early weigh-ins and another backstage where security had to get in between “The Notorious” and “The Chosen One.”
Woodley took to YouTube to state that McGregor nearly got him to boil over and react but maintained focused on his real fight in the Octagon at UFC 205 against Stephen Thompson.
“When he got in my face and I looked at him I said, ‘what’s up?’ At that moment he realized I ain’t that dude,” Woodley said (transcribed by MMA Fighting). “I’m really about that life. I’m really from that life. My family is from that life. I’m actually one of the sharper tools in the box that haven’t been in the streets like that but I have family members, close loved ones, that that’s all they know. So I’ve been around that a lot and I try not to take myself back to those dark areas, I try to stay sophisticated, stay professional but a few people can take you out of that element and bring that Ferguson back out of you and he almost did it. But I had to keep my eyes on the prize, defend my strap in a Fight of the Night performance at UFC 205.
“Now that we got that done – that’s off the table – if Conor want it he can get it. He knows how to get in touch with Dana [White, UFC President], he knows how to get the contract set, and he really don’t want to fight. I’m not saying he should want to fight because I’m not a little dude. I ain’t Nate Diaz. Nate Diaz is not a welterweight. He did not do well at welterweight because he was undersized and these dudes are real gorillas in this weight class.”
Woodley states that he has “no beef” with McGregor and isn’t trying to build himself off a fight with the 155-pound champion but if it’s something “The Notorious” wants, he welcomes the opportunity.
“If him and his coach John Kavanagh and everybody think that Conor can do well against me and they gas this dude up – you know, he’s a dope fighter but there’s levels to this. When you start going up, it’s like me going up to 205 and challenging guys at that weight. When you come up to this weight brother, it’s real power, it’s real people that will put real hands on you, that’ll put you down to the canvas and you will not get up unless I let you up.
“So if you want to get in there with a lion and get your head bit off and have me spewing your blood all over the octagon while you’ve got that goofy tiger tattoo on your chest, looking like a clown with a clown on your chest, we can do it. We can do it in Ireland, Dublin, we can do it in the back of White Castle, I don’t care. But just know, I ain’t that guy. I don’t like to try and act overly hood or overly ghetto, a million hood stripes, but where I’m from you don’t call me a bitch, number one. Number two, you don’t fake like you’re about that life. If you want to scrap, if you want to make this money, let’s do it. If you don’t, shut your mouth. Just do your thing.”
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