Tyron Woodley Reveals His Toughest MMA Fight and the Biggest Puncher He Has Ever Fought

Published 08/28/2021, 9:27 AM EDT


Tyron Woodley is set to return to action this weekend as he makes his debut inside the boxing ring against Jake Paul. ‘The Chosen One’ sat down for an interview with Brian Custer at the Last Stand Podcast ahead of the contest. Woodley revealed the toughest fight in his MMA career and the hardest puncher he has ever faced.

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Woodley is a bonafide UFC Hall of Famer. He was a 5-time champion of the promotion’s welterweight division. T-Wood has faced the biggest names in the sport including the likes of Kamaru Usman, Colby Covington, Robbie Lawler, and more.

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Despite losing his last 4 MMA fights, he still left a dominant legacy behind him as a former champion. Here we take a look at the answers T-Wood gave to Custer’s queries.

Who did Tyron Woodley mention as his toughest opponents?

Woodley revealed that Nathan Coy was the toughest fight of his MMA career. He fought Coy back in 2010 under the Strikeforce promotion. Woodley managed to get away with a split decision in his favor in a razor-close contest. Apart from Strikeforce, Coy has also fought in organizations like Bellator MMA and the UFC.

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While Coy might come as a surprise to many as Woodley’s toughest fight, there was no surprise answer on who is the toughest puncher T-Wood has ever fought.

It was none other than the former UFC welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler. Woodley stopped ‘Ruthless’ at the first round of their fight at UFC 2o1 to become the undisputed welterweight champion. It was one of the best performances of his career. So, it is understandable why ‘The Chosen One’ has fond memories of that bout.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 30: (R-L) Tyron Woodley punches Gilbert Burns of Brazil in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on May 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

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It will be interesting to see how a star fighter like Woodley fares in his boxing debut against Jake Paul. This will be the toughest test ‘The Problem Child’ has ever had inside the squared ring. If he is indeed as good as he claims to be, remains to be seen.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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