UFC president Dana White was not impressed with Tyron Woodley's losing performance vs. Rory MacDonald at UFC 174 last month,
“He choked in the big fight tonight,” said White. “He got beat mentally. He got beat physically. Tyron’s got a ways to go. He seems like he chokes in the big fights.”
Woodley, who fights Dong Hyun Kim in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 48 on Aug. 23 in Macao, responds, in an interview with MMAJunkie.
“I don’t think that’s accurate to say I choke in every big fight, because I’ve been in some big fights,” said Woodley. “I think I didn’t choke in the Carlos Condit fight and that was the biggest fight of my life. Carlos is a little more dangerous than Rory. He’s probably one of the most dangerous and that was a big fight.
“I don’t think that’s accurate to say, but in that particular fight I was frozen. It was set up to be a better fight stylistically wise. I kind of let myself down and my training partners and coaches down. It’s more important to do what I’m capable of for myself and for my family.”
“When I fought Carlos, his injury kind of diminished the moment for m. I don’t want to do that for Rory and make all these excuses like I wasn’t 100 percent or I had the flu or there was a death in my family or something like that. He came out and he had a game plan.”
“For me it’s just knowing against high-level performers you have to be on. Your light switch has to turn on no matter what you feel like, and I feel like this is my chance to go out there and redeem. We’ve seen the killer Tyron Woodley – we’ve seen the guy have some closer fights. I think it’s time to consistently see the same fighter.”
“Everyone who knows me and knows what I’m capable of knows that I didn’t perform in my last outing. (Fighting Kim) gives me a chance to go out there and redeem myself against another top-10 welterweight. Going into someone else’s backyard again, I mean I know it’s a ways from Korea, but it’s still closer than me. I plan on just going out there and having fun.”
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