Dana White: It’s time for Cowboy and Woodley to think about retiring
For a now many years, UFC president Dana White has had “The Conversation” with great fighters past their prime who want to keep fighting, but shouldn’t. In the old days, it sometimes involved a no show job for the likes of Chuck Liddell, Big Nog, Matt Hughes, and Forrest Griffin. Forrest actually showed at the no show job, and when the UFC was acquired by WME/IMG, the others lost their positions, but Griffin remains employed.
At UFC on ESPN+ 36 on Saturday night, Donald Cerrone got a Majority Draw vs. Niko Price. Price would have earned a Split Decision but he had a point withdrawn for an eye poke. The fight extends Cerrone’s streak without a win to five.
Cowboy has now fought 53 times across 14 years, plus dozens of kickboxing bouts, and countless hard sparring sessions. He’s 38, and employs a fighting style that is not kind to his head. At the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White indicated that it might be time to leave the gloves in the Octagon.
“He was on his way out in the first 30 seconds of the first round,” said White. “He fought back. He’s tough. He’s durable. I love ‘Cowboy’ and I know it’s going to f***ing crush him and break his heart. It’s time to have a conversation. I need to talk to him. He and I need to have a conversation.”
“Let’s talk about stopping. I don’t know, man. I’ve got to have this conversation with him and see what he says. I know what he’s going to say: ‘I don’t want to stop.’ But we have to have the conversation.”
White also said of Tyron Woodley, that “I think he should start thinking about hanging it up. He’s had a great career, he’s had a great run, he’s made money.”
What do you think UG? Is it time for Cowboy and Tyron to move on?