If you’re fed up of Tyron Woodley’s incessant complaining, we have bad news for you.
Tyron Woodley is the best welterweight on planet Earth, but he is one of the least popular champions on the UFC’s roster.
There are a number of factors that have contributed to fans not getting behind him. Part of the blame falls on the UFC for underpromoting him. Dana White criticising his title defences directly after they happen has an effect on the way people perceive him. Rather than highlight how impressive shutting down specialists like Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia is, White focused on how ‘boring’ these fights were.
However, Woodley is also responsible for his lack of fanfare. Fighting to just win as opposed to trying to get the finish isn’t appreciated as much by modern fans. Nor is he persistently playing the role of the victim, even if it is somewhat justified.
During a recent appearance on the Joe Rogan MMA show, Woodley gave his take on the modern culture in MMA. Unsurprisingly, he isn’t a fan.
“I don’t really even like fighting, to be honest. I’m just good at it. I don’t like the politics behind it, I don’t like the martial arts aspect being taken away from it, I don’t like the disrespect, guys that are not really training hard, they don’t look the part – I think professional athletes should look a certain way. I really don’t like this generation of fighters that watch a move on TV or YouTube and go in and try to do it. They don’t want to drill repetitions. They don’t…