Tyron Woodley was greatly offended by UFC president Dana Whiteâ€™s disparagement of his claims about a fight against Nate Diaz.
Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and UFC president Dana White have been going on a back-and-forth trade of barbs lately. It was all rooted in Woodleyâ€™s claim that his next title defense would be against Nate Diaz.
White specifically called Woodley out for being â€œfull of sh-tâ€�, which Woodley had already responded to. On Mondayâ€™s edition of The MMA Hour, Tyron once again spoke about Whiteâ€™s comments, which he feels is hurting his brand.
â€œThatâ€™s a little bit harsh, a little bit hardcore for somebody who is wearing the belt of your organization, that people and young fighters aspire to enter the UFC, they aspire to be UFC champion,â€� Woodley told Ariel Helwani (via MMA Fighting). â€œI donâ€™t think many people are going to aspire to be the champion when they see how champions are treated. And they see that the non-champions and the people that are unprofessional â€” middle-finger flicking, sh-t talking â€” theyâ€™re actually making the money.â€�
â€œSo what kind of picture are we trying to put out? I thought we were going in the direction to be parallel with the NFL, NHL, MLB and the other professional sports. Itâ€™s a circus until it comes to Tyron and now we want to go back to the old-school rubric. I got issues with that.â€�
â€œIt canâ€™t go down like that,â€� Woodley added. â€œItâ€™s very damaging for me, for a fighter thatâ€™s trying to generate his brand and his name.â€�
Woodley also feels there is some bias against him, especially since Diaz did not get the same flak for agreeing that a fight between them is â€œthe next best option.â€�
â€œI just didnâ€™t think that was right,â€� Woodley said. â€œI think even if he thought that way, it could have been said a different way. I think a lot of people spun what I was saying. Never said this fight was in negotiations. Never said any of those things. Then when Nate came out, I never heard anybody say how full of sh-t Nate was. Itâ€™s so funny it was a one-sided bashing.â€�
â€œThereâ€™s no sport anymore, so quit playing with me when you guys want to act like this is a sport,â€� he continued. â€œAnd people want to [say], â€˜Oh, Tyron is such a complainer.â€™ Itâ€™s so much negativity. Use that energy to talk about something positive.â€�
Woodley underwent successful shoulder surgery in December and has yet to determine his next move.