TORONTO – There are many people who want to know when Tyron Woodley's next title defense will be. Count Dana…
TORONTO – There are many people who want to know when Tyron Woodley’s next title defense will be.
Count Dana White among them.
The UFC president talked about the state of mindweight championships during a media scrum Friday at the UFC 231 ceremonial roads at the Scotiabank Arena and when asked who was primarily responsible for the title of the division currently holding, he made a name .
“Woodley,” said White. “When is Woodley ready to fight anyone ever?”
Woodley’s last title defense, a second round of win over Darren Till at the UFC 228, occurred just three months ago, but minor injuries have kept him on the shelf and out of a supposed matchup with rival Colby Covington.
When it was mentioned how recently Woodley’s last match was, White offered an alarming response.
“And it took us forever to make him fight that fight,” said White. “Guy never wants to fight. You want to be world champion but you do not want to fight anyone. It’s a problem.”
After Woodley’s victory over Demian Maia last July he took time to tackle a shoulder injury and the UFC created a interim title in his absence as Covington won on the UFC 225. seemed to place the two on a collision course, but Woodley instead faced Covington, and Covington has not competed since.
While White left much of Woodley’s onus for the matchmaking complications, he made it clear to the officials aren & # 39; They are waiting for either man to decide.
“Do you know what’s happening? The world goes on without you boys,” says White. “That’s what’s going on. We see how this thing is playing. Of course, I have to deal with this and I will go home Saturday night after the game and we will see these things next week. “
Considering the latest announcement that a forthcoming Air Force Championship event between Henry Cejudo and TJ Dillashaw has been moved from the UFC 233 on January 26th to the Brooklyn event on January 1
9 and several of the other titles are either suspended or recently contested. It is believed that a weekend match championship match could be entered as a new UFC 233 headliner in Anaheim, California.
White said, however, that it’s not a lock and that much of it has to do with waiting for a Woodley tumor injury for White warned that Woodley could do more to fight through his adversities, with Conor McGregor as an example.
“You must understand, I know guys like Conor McGregor, I know all guys behind the scenes,” White said. “Do not you remember when Conor McGregor said,” Who needs a thumb? You do not even need a thumb to fight. “Conor fought with so many injuries that it was ridiculous. Even when Conor does not say it publicly.
“So when you’re used to managing guys like that and you get a guy with your thumb, and that’s not just a thing, there’s always something with Woodley.”
White and Woodley have had a love-hated relationship for years, with White promising Woodley’s abilities, while criticizing some of his performances and his public exchanges with the corporate president.
One of the sales sites that Woodley regularly uses The Hollywood Beatdown a program he hosts TMZ, and his comments made on the tabloid website have been particularly stuck in White’s craw.
“He just came out on his real job, TMZ, saying he was looking for February or something like that and we said” No “We never said – listen when Tyron Woodley wants to fight we do not say” No. “So that was not true and if you notice, TMZ took that clip because it was not threatened e. It’s definitely not true and they took it down, “White says.
“What will happen is now, these interviews will come out and he will be pissed,” This guy does not respect me and he does not “do this and that” and all that crazy. And that’s what’s going to happen now and then, I and Woodley will go again and then we’ll see when the guy ends up fighting. It’s like Groundhog Day. That was what happens every time. “
Ironically, White had nothing but good things to say about a Woodley’s training partner Ben Askren, a new addition to the UFC’s weight-loss monster who has been sweating with White for years.
Listen, Ben Askren and I’ve had it all the time Here, this guy wants to fight everyone, White said about the undefeated welterweight. “I love it. I love guys – especially in the division 170 pounds – it’s a fresh air when you have a guy who wants to fight everyone. I like it.
“I like his attitude and I like where his head is on. A guy like it will make it far into this company.”
With names like Askren, Covington, Kamaru Usman and Santiago Ponzinibbio, among other things, dressed on a shot in the gold, White was suggested that another temporary situation could be created or Woodley could even be cut off. White, however, did not make a firm statement about possibly leaving the current championship.
“I’m not talking about anything, I’m just saying that fights will continue to happen,” White said. “Whether you’re struggling or not fighting, we’ll roll on.”