‘I Really Respect Her’- Tyron Woodley Ready to Help Claressa Shields in Her MMA Transition

Published 06/19/2021, 7:28 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 30: Tyron Woodley battles Gilbert Burns in a welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


The former UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, is gearing up for his boxing debut against YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul later this year. ‘The Chosen One’ joins his collegiate mate and former mixed martial artist, Ben Askren, in making a transition from the cage to the squared circle.

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While there are some similarities between boxing and MMA, the difference takes up a huge chunk when we compare both. So, it’s difficult to get accustomed readily to either of the sports.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 30: Tyron Woodley battles Gilbert Burns in a welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Recently, Woodley appeared for an interview where he talked about getting help from boxers for his preparation. He also talked about lending a helping hand to someone like Claressa Shields, who is making the journey from the ring to the cage.

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“Why wouldn’t I? I would be a dumb**s,” Woodley on getting help from other boxers. “If somebody in MMA, if a boxer came, Claressa Shields is coming (to) MMA. I say in person let me help (you) out, let me show you (the) blueprint, you think she gonna say no? ‘Ya brother let’s do it.'”

Woodley then explained his interaction with Shields. According to ‘The Chosen One’, ‘T-Rex’ won’t be content with just being called a boxer. Instead, she wants to have the tag of a proper mixed martial artist.

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He further added, “I really respect her. So shout out to Claressa Shields. Double gold medalist, world champion in many divisions and now 1-0 as MMA fighter.”

Floyd Mayweather offered to help Tyron Woodley in his fight

Prior to his fight against Logan Paul, boxing legend Floyd Mayweather offered to help Woodley in his preparation for the boxing debut.

“Give me Tyron Woodley,” Mayweather said. “I’m gonna make sure I get in camp and I’m gonna train him for this fight. I want Tyron Woodley to come to Las Vegas and work with us.”

Later, Woodley (MMA-19-7), who was having a media conference with Jake Paul, agreed to the offer.

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“They just texted me, let’s do it,” ‘The Chosen One’ said. “I just talked to him today. For sure, why would I not train with the greatest boxer of all time? He’s already my dog. We’ve been talking about training anyway, so for sure, definitely going to take him up on that.”

Well, it will be interesting to see how Woodley ultimately shows up for his against Jake Paul. He also has a score to settle with the YouTuber who knocked out his friend earlier this year.

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What did you make of Woodley offering a helping hand to Shields? What is your take on elite combat stars helping stars from other verticals make a transition?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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