Woodley: I don't choke in every big fight


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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mmabmt site profile image  

7/12/14 2:28 PM by mmabmt

I know he was done against Mac before it started. I could tell by the look on his face

Mark Hunts Pet Monkey site profile image  

7/12/14 10:11 AM by Mark Hunts Pet Monkey

Don't think it had anything to do with it being a big fight or a small fight. Sometimes fighters just run into more effective fighters.

dipsheet site profile image  

7/12/14 5:14 AM by dipsheet

It's true that he doesn't always choke. Sometimes he gets KTFO.

time traveling 12er site profile image  

7/12/14 5:11 AM by time traveling 12er

I've heard is described as being some kind of way to psyche yourself up. You create this alternate persona for work. One that doesn't have the frailties that the regular you has. To keep those aspects of yourself separate so the intense work version of you doesn't fuck up the regular you, and the regular you doesn't soften the work you.

Arlovskis Chin site profile image  

7/12/14 3:52 AM by Arlovskis Chin

Fucking hell. Who refers to themselves in the third person like that "we've seen Tyron Woodley the killer".

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

7/11/14 10:24 PM by ChaosOverkill

He doesn't want to give an excuse but is sure insinuating a whole lot of "Wasn't feeling good" as the reason

scourge site profile image  

7/11/14 10:20 PM by scourge

He definitely choked in the Rory fight. But I am still a fan and hope he turns it around from here on out. Go Tyron! There are still some of us out here still pulling for you.

yellow wrkalogic site profile image  

7/11/14 8:23 PM by yellow wrkalogic

Translation: I didn't choke in my injury win over Condit, therefore I don't choke in every big fight.Man, Woodley's a winner.

Pessimist_Pete site profile image  

7/11/14 8:18 PM by Pessimist_Pete

lol he is already referring to himself in the third person

inf0 site profile image  

7/11/14 7:46 PM by inf0

ohh a zuffa zombie voted me down.. oh noes