‘I Was the Person Hunting Robbie Lawler, Georges St-Pierre, Bisping’- Tyron Woodley Details UFC Career Path

Published 06/19/2021, 6:54 AM EDT


Former UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley recently appeared on an episode of the Food Truck Diaries with Brendan Schaub. Woodley, who is scheduled to take on Jake Paul in a boxing match next, is currently training to sharpen his boxing skills.

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In conversation with Schaub, Woodley revealed his motivation to train hard in the UFC. ‘The Chosen One’ was once considered one of the greatest welterweights in the history of the UFC. He fought some legendary names throughout his career. T-Wood believes other big names of the 170 lbs roster kept him sharp day in and day out.

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I was the person hunting Carlos Condit, Robbie Lawler, George St. Pierre, Bisping, Diaz. I was after everybody. And then I got to the point where everybody who I mentor and talk to him helped out with stuff. They were now one to find me. And they weren’t, it wasn’t the same motivation is Carlos Condit I when I watched him the first three times watching video,” said Woodley.

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First two, three minutes I was like. Hey, I’m not sure what you thought about it. And I forgot I was watching him, to break him down to see what the heck was wrong. He was like I’m watching him,” he added.

So I was watching him to literally break them down, and I became a fan. That told me I need to train harder. Yeah, and those fights like that motivated me,” Woodley added further.

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Tyron Woodley believes lack of motivation was a factor behind his skid

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Woodley lost his belt to current champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 235. He was coming off the back of a sensational performance against Darren Till. However, T-Wood believes he was a kind of mentor to Usman and the other contenders. Hence, as he felt he was invincible in his mind at that moment, it attributed to his downfall.

Woodley has never been the same since losing his belt. He went on a 4-fight skid before eventually parting ways with the promotion. His fall from grace showed that even the greatest fighters always need to be on top of their game to be successful in this business.

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It remains to be seen if the switch from cage to ring helps him re-discover his motivation.

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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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