Some would say that Tyron Woodley choked in his latest fight which was against Rory MacDonald at UFC 174 this past month. One of those people who is talking about him choking is his boss, UFC President Dana White.
“He choked in the big fight tonight,” White told FOX Sports following the event. “He got beat mentally. He got beat physically. Tyron’s got a ways to go. He seems like he chokes in the big fights.”
Woodley has finally responded about White’s comments:
“Everyone who knows me and knows what I’m capable of knows that I didn’t perform in my last outing,” Woodley said. “(Fighting Kim) gives me a chance to go out there and redeem myself against another top-10 welterweight. Going into someone else’s backyard again, I mean I know it’s ways from Korea, but it’s still closer than me. I plan on just going out there and having fun.”
Tyron Woodley (13-3) the longtime Strikeforce champion joined the UFC on a ten wins and one loss in his first eleven fights.
“I don’t think that’s accurate to say I choke in every big fight, because I’ve been in some big fights,” Woodley said. “I think I didn’t choke in the Carlos Condit fight and that was the biggest fight of my life. Carlos is a little more dangerous than Rory. He’s probably one of the most dangerous and that was a big fight.
He beat Jay Hieron via 1st RD TKO at UFC 156 – Aldo vs. Edgar on Feb / 02 / 2013. He would lose to Jake Shields via submission at UFC 161 – Evans vs. Henderson on Jun / 15 / 2013
“I don’t think that’s accurate to say, but in that particular fight I was frozen. It was set up to be a better fight stylistically wise. I kind of let myself down and my training partners and coaches down. It’s more important to do what I’m capable of for myself and for my family.”
In his next two fights he is 2-0 with wins over Josh Koscheck via 1st RD KO at and then Carlos Condit via 2nd TKO at UFC 171 – Hendricks vs. Lawler on Mar / 15 / 2014.
Woodley is coming off a one sided loss to Rory MacDonald at UFC 174.
“For me it’s just knowing against high-level performers you have to be on,” Woodley said. “Your light switch has to turn on no matter what you feel like, and I feel like this is my chance to go out there and redeem. We’ve seen the killer Tyron Woodley – we’ve seen the guy have some closer fights. I think it’s time to consistently see the same fighter.”
His next fight is will against Dong Hyun Kim (19-2-1 MMA, 10-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 48.
UFC Fight Night 48 takes place takes place Aug. 23 at The Venetian Macao’s CotaiArena. The card is expected to air on UFC Fight Pass.