MONDAY NEWS DIGEST 2/19: After spat with Dana White, Woodley turns focus on himself

Aaron Crider, mmatorch contributor

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is done fighting—at least with his boss Dana White.

After being caught up in a public dispute with the brash-talking UFC president about, one in which Woodley was said to be “full of shi*t” about a potential fight with lightweight contender Nate Diaz, Woodley has decided to move on and focus his energy on himself.

“I’ve had a deep breath, had a weekend,” he said on The Hollywood Beatdown. “I didn’t have much sleep because I’m always working and I’m squashing everything. I’m focusing on getting the shoulder together. One-by-one, everybody will get these hands. I don’t know the order, I don’t know who’s next, but I never wanted to bounce around and not continue to defend my belt. I’ve been here for a while and I plan on knocking everybody out.”

Woodley’s statements also reference being called out by contenders Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington, who chided the champ for looking for a super fight with Diaz instead of staying in his division.

“People have a short-term memory on what I’ve been able to do: 11 finishes, nine in the first round, some of the most vicious KOs in UFC history,” Woodley continued. “Those stats are never talked about, so therefore, I’m going to take a woosa. So, if you people want to know about the Dana beef, about the Frankenstein beef, about the ‘Qeefington’ beef, I don’t want to talk about it. I’m focusing on being successful.”


Liam McGeary headlines medical suspensions after Belabor 194

Liam McGeary is wanting for a doctor’s clearance before he can train again after taking a beating by Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 194.

The former light heavyweight champion took a number of leg kicks to his left knee, and received an automatic 90-day suspension as reported by

Others on medical suspensions include:

-Roy Nelson (45 days due to laceration)

-Derek Campos (indefinite until cleared by doctor; needs clearance by maxillofacial doctor for possible orbital fracture)

-Vadim Nemkov (45 days due contusion)

Lawsuit against UFC picks up steam

A lawsuit against the Ultimate Fighting Championship is seeing a bit of life after going cold. A group of plaintiffs accusing MMA’s top promotion of creating a monopoly in North America through coercion and abusing contracts to keep fighters in the promotion, have filed for Class Certification late Friday.

Experts have submitted testimonies as well as supporting documents to back up their claims. The UFC is being for up to $1.6 billion.

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