“I’ve Been Killing Myself Making 170” – Tyron Woodley on Fighting Jake Paul at 190 LBS

Published 07/17/2021, 10:30 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)


2021 has several boxing entertainers aligned and the Jake Paul vs Tyron Woodley fight is one such elite contest on that list. Ever since its announcement, this bout has sent shock waves in the fight world, thus roping in casual and hardcore lovers of the game.

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This fight will be Tyron Woodley’s first-ever pro-boxing outing, and the former UFC welterweight king is ecstatic for the same. Moreover, he’s already charged up for this bout as it’ll take place at his natural weight which is 190 lbs.

Talking to ESPN MMA recently, Woodley said, “For me, I weigh 190 (pounds). Are you kidding me? I’ve been killing myself making 170 for all these years. So now I’m gonna go out there, refresh, renew, and ready to turn it up.”

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Woodley, in his extensive UFC run, ruled the welterweight division for a substantial period. In his time as the ultimate champ, ‘The Chosen One’ used his slick standup game and his fiery wrestling abilities to retain his belt. However, his concluding years in the promotion weren’t memorable.

As a result, Woodley got cut from the UFC. Shortly after that, he got lined up for his pro-boxing debut against the internet sensation, Jake Paul. With that, the MMA star turned all of his attention to his standup game. Tyron Woodley even cracked a workout session with the legend, Floyd Mayweather.

Additionally, ‘The Chosen One’, in his above statements, seemed happy with the fact that he’ll be taking on ‘The Problem Child’ at his prime weight.

Can Tyron Woodley use his weight to batter Jake Paul?

Woodley will face a novice combatant in Jake Paul. However, the latter, who is the more experienced boxer, has developed a considerable hang of the ring across his 3 boxing bouts.

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That said, it won’t be so easy for the ex-UFC elite to land his powerful rights on ‘The Problem Child’. Also, as Paul will cut weight to make 190, he will be the heavier fighter in the ring on August 29.

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Hence, despite Woodley feeling at home in this weight class, he may not be able to use his weight to his advantage on August 29. Who will you be rooting for in this contest?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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