Conor McGregor and Tyron Woodley had several verbal exchanges last week in person, and via Twitter, but the latter maintains he has no beef with his fellow UFC champ.
The back-and-forth between McGregor and Woodley kicked off following the pre-fight presser, where McGregor threatened Eddie Alvarez with a chair. Woodley posted video of the incident and argued that McGregor didn’t really want to get at Alvarez. Well, McGregor didn’t care for Woodley’s comments, and the two were filmed having a heated exchange one day later backstage.
The welterweight champ appeared on “The MMA Hour” on Monday, and of course, Woodley was asked about McGregor. Here is some of what he had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I really don’t have a beef with him. I actually don’t know him as a person, but I respect him as a businessman. I respect what he’s done for the sport. He’s a big part of why the event was so big at MSG. You can never take that away from him. He’s a two-division champion. Nobody’s ever done it. He’s created history, and those are things that are important to him and his legacy. They’re not as important to me, so I can’t knock him for that. I want to do the best thing for myself and my career, I want to be a legend in this game. I want to be remembered as the best welterweight to ever put their two ashy feet on the Octagon canvas. That’s what I want to be remembered as. It’s not so much about having a card and screaming my name on there, wearing these python shoes…”
Not surprisingly, Woodley also added that he’d be more than willing to fight McGregor, if that’s the bout the UFC decides to make. Considering that Woodley fought Stephen Thompson to a majority decision draw, and because there’s no shortage of contenders for McGregor at 145 and 155, it would be kind of surprising if that happens next.