MONDAY’S NEWS DIGEST 2/12: Tyron Woodley tired of UFC ‘circus’


Tyron Woodley (photo credit Gary A. Vasquez © USA Today Sports)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s welterweight champion has had enough. Tyron Woodley, who’s been outspoken over the weekend regarding comments UFC president Dana White made about him, continues to be a vocal about getting his share of a “super fight”.

Woodley spoke on Monday’s “The MMA Hour” readdressing his beef about White saying that Woodley was “full of sh*t” regarding speculation about a possible bout with Nate Diaz, the champ took it even a step further about his inability to get his boss to create a “super fight” for him.

“…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 other professional sports,” Woodley said. “It’s a circus until it come to Tyron and now we want to go back to the old-school rubric. I got issues with that.”

A big part of Woodley’s frustrations stem from the last three super bouts lightweight champion Connor McGregor’s participated in. The first two fights against Diaz and then the super, money-making fight against Floyd Mayweather.

Woodley feels, however, that if one champion should be able to parade around and make some money then other champion should,too. He also feels that the UFC and White’s treatment of champions is uneven.

“That’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,” Woodley said. “I don’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—middle-finger flicking, sh*t talking—they’re actually making the money.


-John Dodson says Dillashaw can’t beat “Mighty Mouse” in super fight

Speaking of super fights, there is one that UFC bantamweight figure John Dodson said would be a lopsided affair. Current bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw has been advocating for a super fighter against flyweight title Demetrious Johnson and it seemed like a fight Dana White wanted to make.
After a brief flare up between Johnson and White, which include Johnson said that White threatened to shut down the flyweight division if “Mighty Mouse” didn’t accept the fight, talk has settled down. Until Dodson brought it back up on Monday.

“It’s funny that (TJ) wants to fight Demetrious Johnson because I didn’t beat Demetrious Johnson and (Dillashaw) could beat me, that means he can’t beat him,” Dodson said on a Facebook Q&A. “That’s the way I look at it.”

Dodson should know. He’s fought Johnson twice (UFC on Fox 6 and UFC 191) and has lost both times. But he beat Dillashaw to earn a contract with the UFC at the Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale. Right now, Dodson is looking at getting another win over Dillashaw.

“I’m trying to work that way,” he said. “I’m gonna try to work up that little ladder so I can know (Dillashaw) down off that pedestal. Everyone is on this ‘Killashaw’ pedestal and they think that he’s the greatest thing ever but they keep on forgetting this fist knocked him out and knocked him silly. He did the stinky leg, all wobbly. And he’s like, ’That was luck!’ No, that wasn’t luck. That’s called skill. That’s what people do.”

-Bisping:I think (Rockhold) is going to go away for a little while

Luke Rockhold’s journey to reclaim the UFC middleweight title hit a big snag at UFC 221 Saturday at Perth Arena in Australia. The former champion suffered a third round knockout against Yoel Romero, making it the second time he’s been knocked out in his last three fights. Now, former middleweight champion Michael Bisping, the other man to put Rockhold on the canvas, is weighing-in on the aftermath.

“You’ve got to remember, when I beat Rockhold, he kind of disappeared for a while and he looked very, very upset. Of course, Luke is an amazing fighter and feels like he should be champion. He lost that tonight,” Bisping said after Saturday’s fight. “I think he’s going to go away from the sport for a little while. I don’t mean retire but disappear from the public eye. Take six months off and reset.”

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