Five Reasons Tyron Woodley Has Fans Scratching Their Heads

Five Reasons Tyron Woodley Has Fans Scratching Their Heads

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On November 12, 2016, on one of the most historic cards ever put together, Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson fought to a majority draw in the co-main event of UFC 205 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York.

The outcome resulted in UFC boss Dana White booking a rematch during the post-fight press conference, something which is rarely done by the promotion. This sealed the deal in the minds of many fans despite the fact that Woodley seemed to have little-to-no interest in the fight.

Over the ensuing weeks, as the projected date of the rematch (UFC 209 on March 4th) began to creep up, Woodley began publicly calling for fights with the likes of three-year retired former welterweight champion Georges St Pierre, middleweight champion Michael Bisping and a newly reinstated Nick Diaz.

This was interesting, questionable and off-putting to a large portion of the UFC’s fan base especially given White’s previous comments concerning the need for a rematch. The events and the fanbase’s frustration all culminated when Thompson tweeted a picture of his signed bout agreement captioned, “Waiting on you @TWoodley.”

Woodley responded in a manner which was surprising to many by calling ‘Wonderboy’ “overly entitled and delusional.” He also implied and later clarified accusations of racism saying, “I can’t allow myself to lose to him and what he stands for and what his fans stand for” during The Morning Wood podcast – referring to Thompson and his fans.

To those that follow the athletes involved, this was called odd and borderline hypocritical rhetoric by the 170-pound champ; especially given his road to the title and the ideas he had about defending it. In the spirit of, and with respect to these statements, we  take a look at five perplexing and near paradoxical situations that Woodley found himself a part of throughout the bouts leading to and during his reign as welterweight king.

5) Boycott for a Title Shot

On January 31st of 2015, Woodley was looking to win a second consecutive fight after finishing Dong Hyun Kim via first-round KO. His opponent would be Kelvin Gastelum and, after a close fight, the judges awarded the victory to Woodley in the form of a split decision.

Granted, in the Gastelum fight Woodley did suffer a broken foot which required a sit on the sidelines, but pulled no punches as to why and when he would sign another contract saying “No strap, no scrap” during an interview with CBS Sports.

The total fight-to-fight wait lasted from January 31, 2015 until July 30, 2016 – the last year of which saw Woodley healthy and simply biding his time for the right opponent.

It’s up to no man to determine how another man goes about his business. But if you’re planning to make a stand on the self-perceived entitlement of others, it could arguably behoove you not to spend a year-and-a-half waiting for the opponent you specifically want…or feel entitled to.

  • Bill Wolf

    Yes, those are the issues.

  • Juan Diablo

    Finally, an article where they call out Woodley for all his BS and they don’t let him off the hook at the end- great work Gary. Every news outlet always lists the reasons he’s an idiot, and then at the end they let him slide with some BS because they are scared of being called racist. And is this dude’s podcast really called The Morning Wood Show? Just when you think this man can’t give u more reasons to not like him…

    • Bill Wolf

      Robbie Lawler went through war after war, with success, enthusiasm and style. When Robbie Lawler was champion, writers didn’t have to invent reasons why it was all right for the champion to be reluctant to fight.

      Whatever writers say, when fans no longer see a champion with the great attitude they have gotten accustomed to, they are likely to be disappointed.

  • Oliver Hoffmann

    Woodley’s a coward and a primadonna. He lost that last fight (which, btw, was rather boring. It confuses me when people say anything different), and I hope he officially losses the next one.