Dana White: Tyron Woodley’s The Hardest Kid I’ve Ever Dealt With

WhiteThe relationship between UFC president, Dana White and former welterweight champion, Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley has been called into question time and time again over the last couple of years – with the promotional leader today labelling the Missouri veteran, “the hardest kid I’ve (he’s) ever dealt with“”. Woodley, who has dropped his last […]

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The relationship between UFC president, Dana White and former welterweight champion, Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley has been called into question time and time again over the last couple of years – with the promotional leader today labelling the Missouri veteran, “the hardest kid I’ve (he’s) ever dealt with“”.

Woodley, who has dropped his last three contests on the trot, has been criticised in the past by White, particularly for his lacklustre performance at UFC 214 in July of 2017 where he scored a unanimous decision win over challenger, Demian Maia to retain his welterweight throne – in one of the most forgettable five-round contests in the promotion’s history.

Straying from an approach which seen him clinch the throne from Robbie Lawler in the summer of 2016, and score four successful defences, a massively gunshy Woodley dropped the crown to incumbent best, Kamaru Usman, before defeats to incoming title challenger, Gilbert Burns, and former interim champion, Colby Covington since March of last year.

Questioning what’s left for Woodley in the sport and calling for him to consider hanging up his gloves permanently after his UFC Vegas 11 defeat to Covington, White has today called Woodley the “hardest” talent to work with during his time as promotional president.

I would say the hardest kid I ever dealt with, and everybody thinks that I don’t like him, it has to be (Tyron) Woodley,” White told Virgin Radio host, Kris Fade. “Woodley’s the hardest kid I’ve ever dealt with. I look at what he could have done and what he should have done. Good looking kid, physique, the whole thing, becomes (sic) a world champion, has that knockout power, has all the tools and everything else, but it’s just always pulling teeth with him and it’s always about something else other than the fight.” (H/T Aaron Bronsteter)

The 38-year-old Roufusport trainee suffered a fifth-round rib injury in his lopsided defeat to Covington in September, as he jumped for a guillotine and adjusted at the fence, but has maintained he won’t change his approach, coaches, or locality – and plans to continue his career in the UFC despite calls for him to contemplate retirement from White

Dana White: McGregor vs Poirier II Must Be At Lightweight

Dana WhiteConor McGregor and Dustin Poirier have verbally agreed to fight each other on the 23rd of January in what many see as the number one contender fight for the Lightweight belt, but McGregor made it clear that he wants the bout to take place at Welterweight and Poirier agrees. However, it seems like Dana White […]

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Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier have verbally agreed to fight each other on the 23rd of January in what many see as the number one contender fight for the Lightweight belt, but McGregor made it clear that he wants the bout to take place at Welterweight and Poirier agrees. However, it seems like Dana White disagrees and believes it “makes no sense” for the fight to happen at 170 and would much rather the fight takes place at 155.

Speaking with BT Sport Dana White said. “Its at 155 pounds. I am not putting on a multi-million dollar fight at Catchweight that means nothing. It means nothing. The fight means nothing at 170. Neither one of those two are ranked at a 170 pounds and it doesn’t do anything in the 55-pound division if either one of them wins. Because they are fighting at 170. It literally makes no sense. There are plenty of organizations that put up fights that don’t make sense. You can go watch those kinds of fights every weekend. That’s not what we do here.” (Transcribed by Essentially Sports)

This would not be the first time that McGregor wants to fight a Lightweight at Welterweight, he previously fought both Donald Cerrone and Nate Diaz twice at 170 pounds, while Poirier has never fought at Welterweight but he doesn’t seem opposed to the idea to fight at that weight class.

McGregor hasn’t fought since January this year when he stopped Cowboy Cerrone in 40 seconds at UFC 246 and is looking to return to the octagon for the first PPV of 2021, Poirier on the other hand just came out of a fight of the year contender at UFC Vegas 4 where he beat Dan Hooker via unanimous decision to get back to the win column.

Do you think Dana White can convince Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier to compete at 155lbs?

Dana White: UFC 254 Is Trending To Be Our Biggest Ever Event

Dana WhiteUFC president Dana White has revealed that Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje is likely to become the best-selling pay-per-view in company history. The lightweight unification fights tops a stacked card in Abu Dhabi this coming weekend. Nurmagomedov is one of the biggest stars and most dominant champions in MMA. A fight against Gaethje has captured […]

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UFC president Dana White has revealed that Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Justin Gaethje is likely to become the best-selling pay-per-view in company history.

The lightweight unification fights tops a stacked card in Abu Dhabi this coming weekend. Nurmagomedov is one of the biggest stars and most dominant champions in MMA. A fight against Gaethje has captured the imagination of fans, many of them believing ‘The Highlight’ has the ability to dethrone the undefeated Russian champion.

All of this has made for a monster event according to White who told TMZ Sports that UFC 254 is trending to be the biggest pay-per-view they have ever had, he said.

“This thing is trending off the charts for us right now. So, today is Tuesday and on Monday, this thing was trending to be the biggest fight we have ever had. Not Thursday, not Friday, Monday.”

UFC 229 which featured Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov remains the biggest event in company history. Despite the fact UFC 254 is trending to be even bigger White is unsure if this weekend’s card will take top spot, largely due to the unusual American start time (2pm ET, 11am PT).

“It is trending bigger than that right now,” White said. “Will the trend hold? One of the things that is a big negative for us is that it is not in primetime at home and it is hard to message that to people.” (Transcribed by BJPENN.com)

Nurmagomedov has looked as close to perfect as humanly possible since joining the UFC back in 2012. The 32-year-old has won 11 straight fights, rarely dropping a round. He holds high-profile wins over the likes of Conor McGregorDustin Poirier, and Rafael Dos Anjos. Nurmagomedov will fight for the first time in more than a year in Abu Dhabi this coming weekend. It’ll also the first time he’s competing since his father and mentor Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov passed away.

Gaethje is currently riding high off the back of the biggest win of his career over Tony Ferguson at UFC 248. That win stretch his current streak to four. ‘The Highlight’ previously scored three consecutive first-round KO wins over James Vick, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, and Edson Barboza to establish himself as one of the best and most dangerous 155lb fighters on the planet.

Do you think Dana White will break the PPV record with UFC 254?

Khabib Targeting Georges St-Pierre Fight After Justin Gaethje Bout at UFC 254

Khabib Nurmagomedov still has to dispatch Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on Saturday, but he’s already setting his sights on his next fight…

Khabib Nurmagomedov still has to dispatch Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 on Saturday, but he’s already setting his sights on his next fight…

Dana White Reacts After Jon Jones Admits To Hiding From NSAC Drug Testers

Jon Jones recently confirmed that he did indeed hide under a cage to avoid drug-testers from the Nevada State Athletic Commission in 2010. For several years the story had been something of an urban myth in the MMA world. Jones admitted to the story dur…

Jon Jones recently confirmed that he did indeed hide under a cage to avoid drug-testers from the Nevada State Athletic Commission in 2010. For several years the story had been something of an urban myth in the MMA world. Jones admitted to the story during a Twitter back-and-forth with Israel Adesanya recently. He says that […]

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(Winner of Main Event) and the Real Winners and Losers from UFC Fight Night 180

It was a jam-packed Saturday for TV sports. Two top-three college football teams on one network. A Game 7 for a trip to the World Series on another. And warming up in the combat sports bullpen, only the most-anticipated boxing match of 2020…

It was a jam-packed Saturday for TV sports. Two top-three college football teams on one network. A Game 7 for a trip to the World Series on another. And warming up in the combat sports bullpen, only the most-anticipated boxing match of 2020…