Last night UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley released the first episode of “Tyron Woodley: The Champ Life” on his YouTube Channel. Woodley was seen giving to the homeless, teaching at his gym ATT Evolution, decorating his Christmas tree, and doing what every fighter in the UFC does at one point or another – talk about Conor McGregor.
The McGregor-Woodley talk started back at the weigh-ins during UFC 205 where the two had a brief exchange after Woodley said what’s up to the future two-weight champion. Woodley explains the situation:
“When he got in my face and I looked at him I said, ‘what’s up?’ At that moment he realized I ain’t that dude. I’m really about that life. I’m really from that life. My family is from that life. I’m actually one of the sharper tools in the box that haven’t been in the streets like that but I have family members, close loved ones, that that’s all they know. So I’ve been around that a lot and I try not to take myself back to those dark areas, I try to stay sophisticated, stay professional but a few people can take you out of that element and bring that Ferguson back out of you and he almost did it. But I had to keep my eyes on the prize, defend my strap in a Fight of the Night performance at UFC 205.”
The welterweight champion contends that Conor isn’t really on his mind and doesn’t feel he needs to make his name off of Conor like he feels other fighters do: “I want you guys to realize this about me, I’m not one of those guys that’s trying to position myself off Conor. I actually got no beef with Conor. He doing his thing, he’s getting what he want to get out of the game and I’m getting what I wanna get out of the game. But it’s a few people that you can step to with that BS and it can slide, I just so happen to not be one of those guys.”
But that doesn’t mean that he would rule out a fight with the current lightweight champion: “If Conor want it he can get it. He knows how to get in touch with Dana [White, UFC President], he knows how to get the contract set, and he really don’t want to fight. I’m not saying he should want to fight because I’m not a little dude. I ain’t Nate Diaz. Nate Diaz is not a welterweight. He did not do well at welterweight because he was undersized and these dudes are real gorillas in this weight class.”
For Conor’s part one can never rule out his thirst for wanting to make history inside the octagon and a shot at a third title might be too hard to pass up. But Woodley promises that if that’s the case than he and his team are making a huge mistake: “If him and his coach John Kavanagh and everybody think that Conor can do well against me and they gas this dude up – you know, he’s a dope fighter but there’s levels to this. When you start going up, it’s like me going up to 205 and challenging guys at that weight. When you come up to this weight brother, it’s real power, it’s real people that will put real hands on you, that’ll put you down to the canvas and you will not get up unless I let you up.”
With Woodley angling for a big money fight and Conor still vying for a fight at Ireland’s Croke Park in Dublin, it seems like the type of scenario that the UFC would at the very least have to give some consideration to. The gate from an 82,000 seat stadium can go a long way in paying some of the bills of the new owners.
But for now, enjoy “Tyron Woodley: The Champ Life”.