Tyron Woodley post-loss statement

Mar 27, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tyron Woodley punches Vicente Luque in their welterweight fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

The good news for Tyron Woodley at UFC 260 was that he was fully half of a short, amazing contest vs. Vincent Luque, winning a $50,000 Fight of the Night performance bonus, for just the second time in his career, and showing a level of desire to finish the opponent that had been absent from his game for a while. The bad news of course was that he lost via Darse choke at 3:56 of Round 1. That pushed Woodley’s losing streak to four, including the loss of his welterweight title to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 on March 2, 2019, which ended a streak of seven fights without a loss, including four successful title defenses.

“S*** was going really well until it wasn’t,” wrote Woodley on his social network. “My camp pushed me in ways I haven’t been pushed in a while. I committed, and swore to myself I would bring the tiger out that earned me gold. I saw the opportunity for the KO and got too excited. Paid a big cost. I don’t regret my aggression as that’s what God created me to do. Vincent Luque is a tough and humble fighter. Was an honor to share the cage with you tonight.”

“The Chosen One” is now 38, has been fighting for over twelve years, and is nearing the end of his career. He is a profoundly challenging spot, still a world-class talent, but not the fighter he once was, in a sport where the talent is constantly evolving.

The UFC is in a constant state of trying to find the next big thing, and it appears he may be released. “How old’s Tyron now? 39? That’s four in a row … yeah,” said White post fight. Woodley turns 30 on April 7, and that may have been his last appearance in the Octagon as a fighter.

It’s likely he will be snatched up fast by Bellator MMA, an organization with a track record of putting together popular contests with fighters that aged out of the UFC. So he has some challenging decisions to make, and will, with head coach Din Thomas advising, doubtless make the right one, whatever it is.

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