Tyron Woodley is calling for the rematch to happen.
Over the weekend at UFC 235 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, the co-main event of the night saw Tyron Woodley defend the UFC Welterweight Championship against Kamaru Usman. Usman defeated Woodley via unanimous decision after the two went at for five rounds. Tyron Woodley first captured the UFC Welterweight Title back in the summer of 2016 and for him to lose the belt was "life-changing" as he described it to TMZ Sports during an interview following his loss to Usman.
“Obviously, it is life-changing for me because I’m so used to being a champion. I haven’t lost in five years, and fighting against a guy that, on paper, I felt that I was better than in every area just to have a bad night. You can’t have a bad night in the octagon. I’ve had bad sparring days and I just redo those sparring days. ‘Hey, we gonna do it again tomorrow’, but you're going against a guy that’s hungry and just wants to give himself the best chance to win, he wasn’t gonna come out swinging and blazing. He was gonna try to grab me, wrestle and do all this other stuff so, hat’s off to him.” Woodley said.
After Kamaru Usman's victory over Tyron, Usman got into a face-off with Colby Covington who was cage-side. Usman and Covington crossed paths again and got into a scuffle at a hotel in Las Vegas. Woodley feels that the UFC will likely go with Kamaru versus Colby but he made a claim as to why he should get a rematch.
“Nah [I haven’t talked to Dana White about a rematch], if I don’t get the rematch, they’re probably gonna have him fight Colby [Covington] or something like that, but at the end of the day, I’m still gonna get the belt back.” Woodley continued, “Oh yeah, of course he will [Usman giving Woodley a rematch]. He’s a competitor and he knows as well as everybody else, that wasn’t a normal Tyron Woodley and I’m the champ. I’ve been the champ for a long time. You have four title defenses, people get knocked out with no controversy, and they get into rematches.”
Tyron Woodley was then asked about the idea of having an immediate rematch to which he responded that it should happen. Woodley stated that it would be a mistake if that were not to happen and added that the UFC should let the fighters sort it out and run it back.
“Yeah, Colby’s just been on the edge being a queef so, I think you let us sort it out, run it back again and that’ll give us time to either calm him down or make some sense of the division." He explained.
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