Tyron Woodley suffered back to back losses for the first time in his career at UFC on ESPN 9 on Saturday night. Gilbert Burns was the better man, and Woodley offered no excuses in a post-fight Instagram post.
? felt good,” said Woodley. “I have no excuses. I felt good. I train hard. I was in great shape. I felt like I did everything right. Everything felt good from the walkout to the stretch, to every single thing about the fight. I looked him in the eyes yesterday and knew he was going to be ready to fight. I thought that was good. He did a good job of keeping the distance, not coming at the shots. I felt like I was reaching. I don’t have no excuses, man. I’m going to hold my head high.”
Woodley acknowledged that he felt like giving up on multiple occasions, but said he was motivated to fight on my protests over the death of George Floyd. The death has fueled protests and riots in multiple cities and Floyd's passing was honored by the UFC during Saturday's broadcast.
“A lot of motherf***ers would let somebody finish them off in that moment,” said Woodley. “I wasn’t going to f***ing give up. I was just thinking about everybody right now who’s protesting and fighting for something good for Mr. Floyd’s family I’m like, ‘I just can’t give up in here.’ I never really gave up hope that I was going to win the fight, to be honest.”
“I just wanted to come and face you guys because I don’t understand,. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. It’s not very clear. I just know I’ve got to trust God. I’ve got a weird peace for somebody who just got their ass whooped. I don’t know why I am at peace – not with losing, not with defeating, not with losing to Gilbert.
“Gilbert came out and did his thing. At the end of the day, it wasn’t a situation like the Usman fight where I didn’t feel like I was there. I was there. I was present. I was responding. I heard what my coaches were saying. I just couldn’t get my hands on him. I can take that. I can take a loss when I feel like I was present in my mind and body.”