UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley successfully defended the gold against Stephen Thompson at UFC 209.
The champion didn’t like the fact that UFC President Dana White stated that he thought the challenger actually won the fight.
"Dana White thought I won the first fight but he didn't publicly come out and say he thought I won the first fight, so I thought it was a bit distasteful for the promoter to say he thought [Thompson] won the fight. That's like me coming out and saying as a fighter that I don’t think he didn't do a good job of promoting the fight. Which I don't. I don't think they've done a good job of promoting me as champion. Have you ever heard of a commissioner going off on a [judge] for — 'Oh man, he should have never awarded that 10-8 round.' Have you ever heard that before? Why in my fight would the person do that when, in fact, the 10-8 round did not fix the outcome at all. The person that gave the 10-8 was the person that gave the draw. So why would we be making such a huge travesty on that? They should have did that in New York. I'm going to just fall back. I'm going to do my thing. But God damn, I'm going to be a tough dude to deal with,” Woodley said to TMZ Sports.
Woodley and Thompson fought to a majority draw in their first fight at UFC 205. UFC President Dana White would respond to the comments made by Woodley to TMZ Sports.
"Tyron Woodley came out and said he was going to destroy Thompson and there would be no question he was the champ. Well guess what? There's questions again. Let me tell you what...when you have a performance like you did at 209 and you get booed for 5 straight rounds and then people are booing so loud you can't even do your interview, you should probably just take your lumps and move on. Get your next fight as fast as you can and try to put that performance behind you. There's one guy around here who calls the shots and as soon as you learn that, the better off you'll be,” says White.
Stephen Thompson is the only fighter that Woodley has defended the belt against since defeating Robbie Lawler to win it at UFC 201.