“You’re afraid of being vulnerable”- Dan Hardy Rips Tyron Woodley for His Performance Against Jake Paul and Calls Him Out

Published 09/09/2021, 1:45 PM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JULY 13: Jake Paul (L) and Tyron Woodley (R) face off during a press conference before their cruiserweight fight at The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live on July 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)


Many MMA fans were hoping Tyron Woodley would put an end to Jake Paul’s boxing career once and for all. However, thanks to his gun-shy approach in their boxing match, the UFC veteran suffered a split decision loss to the former Disney star.

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A former UFC champion, Tyron Woodley recently parted ways with the UFC after a four-fight skid against top welterweights including Kamaru Usman, Colby Covington. Throughout these matchups, Woodley’s inability to be the more active fighter is what cost him the fight. Confident only in his right hand, Woodley would look to land it all night long, making him an easy puzzle to solve.

Going into his boxing debut against an up-and-coming boxer in Jake Paul, there were hopes he’d have an easier time throwing punches in bunches, but as we know, that wasn’t the case.

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In a recent interview with Submission Radio, former UFC fighter turned analyst Dan Hardy expressed his disappointment with Woodley’s performance, making the following statement;

“He looked like a sack of s**t the other week,” Hardy told Submission Radio. “That was very embarrassing. The reason I’m annoyed about it, is that he validated exactly what I thought was gonna happen, and I expected more from him. Like dude, you’re nearly 40, you’re rap game’s not going anywhere, you’re MMA career’s done, you’ve got a guy in front of you that’s been trashing your mom, that’s been talking a whole heap of nonsense for how many months? And you’ve got eight rounds to punch him in the face and you’re already half punching him through the ropes, and then you don’t put your foot on the gas because you’re afraid of being vulnerable? That just looks weak to me.” 


An enraged Dan Hardy also called out Woodley to a boxing match, as he plans to make a return to combat sports.

What’s next for Tyron Woodley?

Tyron Woodley was looking to kick-start his boxing career with a spectacular win against Jake Paul. However, after losing a split decision against ‘The Problem Child’, Woodley may have to reevaluate his future in the sport of boxing.

Ever since the boxing event, Woodley has called Jake Paul out for a rematch. According to Jake Paul, that fight might still be on the cards if Woodley honors their bet to get an ‘I love Jake Paul’ tattoo.

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In all seriousness, considering how Jake Paul is already making headlines going back and forth with other MMA fighters, a rematch seems unlikely.

At 39-years-old, Woodley doesn’t have a lot of time to compete at the highest levels in boxing. Perhaps ‘The Chosen One’ will look for a couple of celebrity boxing bouts before he finally hangs up the gloves.

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What do you think? What’s next for Tyron Woodley? Let us know in the comments.

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David Andrew

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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

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