‘Don’t Get That Twisted’- Tyron Woodley Claims He and Dana White Had Their Money Time in UFC

Published 08/29/2021, 8:21 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 social media sensation-turned boxer, Jake Paul. ‘The Chosen One’ is just hours away from beginning a new chapter in his combat career.

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Prior to his fight, ‘The Chosen One’ appeared for an interview with ‘Showtime Basketball’ hosts Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. The former UFC fighter, who is about to earn a hefty paycheck from the upcoming fight, revealed that he made some good chunks of money from his previous employer as well.

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“Dana White and I, we made millions of dollars together,” Woodley said. “Don’t get that twisted. Don’t think that I didn’t make a fortune in the UFC. But, at the end of the day, God willing, it’s this time where I’m actually gonna get paid where I feel like, at this moment of my life, I’m deserving to get paid.”

“I’m going to get paid a handsome purse. I’m gonna get paid crazy pay-per-view points because it will be the biggest pay-per-view,” he added.

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Although Woodley is claiming that he received good money from UFC, he never really had a great relationship with the UFC supremo. Even during his run in the promotion, the duo often had disagreements. White had even called Woodley’s claims of getting the biggest payday of his career as ‘bulls**t’.

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In recent times, UFC fighters’ paychecks have gained a lot of attention. Some fighters have publicly said that they are not getting enough from the promotion. An elite fighter like Jon Jones has been sitting inactive since February 2020 because of his non-negotiations with UFC over paychecks.

Francis Ngannou, too, had raised doubts after Logan Paul received a hefty paycheck against Floyd Mayweather. So, when White was made aware of Woodley’s claims of getting the biggest payday against Jake Paul, he launched a scathing attack.

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)

“Tyron Woodley’s 40 years old, OK? He hasn’t won a fight in three years in something that he’s actually supposed to be good at. Now, he’s gonna go box,” White told reporters after UFC 263.

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“How do you sell that fight? Lots of other things other than the s**t that should matter…’making millions of dollars’ and ‘This is the biggest payday ever,’ and Jake Paul will say mean things about me, and ‘pay your fighters,’ and you guys just f**kin’ (fall) right into it and love it. It’s all bulls**t,” he added. (via MMA News)

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It will be interesting to see how Woodley fares against Jake Paul on his debut. Apart from the paycheck, he would also hope to reach home with a victory against his name.

What did you make of Woodley’s claims on earning millions in UFC? Let us know.

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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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