Tyron Woodley Says He’s The Worst Treated Champion In UFC History


UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley will be defending his belt in a rematch with Stephen Thompson at UFC 209. Woodley though, isn’t much of a fan with the way he’s treated by the UFC.

“I'm by far the worst treated champion in the history of the UFC, blatantly facts,” he said to ESPN. “When March 4 come along, I will defend this belt, I will move forward in my legacy, and I will continue to do what I'm doing and why I'm doing it. I fight for my family, I fight for God, I fight for my legacy. I don't fight for fame, I don't fight for money, contrary to what people believe,” Woodley added. “I'm going out here and trying to be a legend. I'm trying to be the best welterweight that ever graced the Octagon. To do that, I have to knock [Thompson] off again, I have to knock three or four other loudmouths off again until it's undeniable I'm the best welterweight on the planet Earth.”

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Woodley also feels that MMA fans accuse him of race baiting, when he's just stating his case.

“The second I bring up race in the sport I’m immediately race baiting,” Woodley continued. “I can point out clear facts: no other champion has been treated like me. I’m not saying they support [Thompson] more, but he has some fans who have crossed the line. It’s not his fault, I’m not saying it’s him, let’s get clear on that. I do respect him. I have been friendly and cordial with him, I will be friendly and cordial when we walk out. But let’s put the cards on the table. Real is real. If I was a different complexion, I feel fans would treat me a different way.”

UFC 209 takes place on Saturday, March 4 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson headlining.

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