“It Was Just the Politics, the Bull S***”- Tyron Woodley Recalls His Departure From the UFC

Published 08/25/2021, 7:00 AM EDT


Once a welterweight kingpin, Tyron Woodley had lost his charm in the UFC after losing his title to Kamaru Usman in 2019. That single loss had put him into a tide of defeats and after four straight losses in the promotion, Woodley finally hung up his gloves.

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However, splitting up from the UFC urged him to lace up the boxing gloves and announce an in-ring debut against surging star Jake Paul on August 29. The nearing clash can bring him the biggest payday of his career, and Woodley seems ready for the change.

Meanwhile, he has cited some other reasons that urged him to relinquish his career in the UFC. Ahead of his boxing debut, Woodley connected with Showtime Basketball and revealed why he didn’t compete in the UFC any longer.

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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)

Tyron Woodley said, “It became something that I really didn’t like. At certain points in my life, and it was just the politics, the bull s***, the drama. And then you know I thought the rubric to becoming a great was finding it. The equal opposite, the s*** talking press conference, the big super fights, it really paint getting the bag you know.”

Following his title loss in the UFC, Woodley took three important battles against Colby Covington, and Gilbert Burns, and Vicente Luque. But the 39-year-old couldn’t offer much and ended his MMA career on a sour note. He also seemed to lose relevancy from the ongoing ride, before Jake Paul bumped in to offer him a lucrative showdown.

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Can Tyron Woodley regain his lost dominance?

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On winning his boxing debut over Jake PauL, Tyron Woodley can rightly expect to grab the spotlight once again. 3-0 as a boxer, Paul’s loud mouth has already evoked several controversies in the MMA world. Thus, a beat down from Tyron Woodley’s end might be favorable to several mixed martial arts fans at this point.

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Furthermore, a successful debut will call for several more appearances ahead. It will continue putting Tyron Woodley’s name in the headlines, along with several hefty pay-checks on board. So, we can actually envision ‘The Chosen One’ attaining this top spot, but only if he beats Paul.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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