UFC president Dana White denied that UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley isn’t treated like “white champions”. White advised the African-American champion to focus on defending his title before thinking of other bouts.
“The thing is with Tyron: First of all, he’s a smart guy, he’s a good-looking kid, he’s explosive, he’s got knockout power, but he’s a bit of a drama queen,” White said on ESPN Radio’s Russell and Kanell. “I think he means the fans are a big part of it too. When a fight is made – and Conor McGregor is a perfect example – Conor McGregor has that ‘fight anybody, anywhere’ attitude. But (he) doesn’t just have the attitude, he lives it.”
Tyron Woodley is set to defend the belt for the second time against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson at UFC 209. Both faced each other at UFC 205 which ended in a majority draw in favor of Woodley. After the fight, UFC president Dana White already announced a rematch between Woodley and Thompson.
Tyron Woodley wants a “money fight” with McGregor or Bisping
Unfortunately, the welterweight champ isn’t interested in the second bout with Thompson and plans to fight other champs. Tyron Woodley expressed his desire to fight lightweight champion Conor McGregor and middleweight champion, Michael Bisping. Unfortunately, the UFC didn’t grant his wish and forced him to fight Wonderboy.
Woodley voiced out his frustration and described himself as the worst-treated champion in the history of UFC. Woodley believes that his race holds him back from certain career opportunities. He also said that he’s not promoted like “white champions”.
“Let’s put the cards on the table,” Woodley said. “Real is real. If I was a different complexion, I think people and fans would treat me a different way.”
White wants Woodley to be like Conor McGregor
The UFC welterweight champion mainly compared himself to Conor McGregor. Though the UFC also forced the Irish fighter to prioritize a title defense, McGregor still has the final say on who he’s going to fight. Tyron Woodley wants to have the same treatment since he also works hard to become a champion.
However, for White, Woodley’s race isn’t the reason why fans have not taken to him. White has advised him to lessen his drama, especially on social media. The UFC president said that if Woodley had the same attitude like McGregor, he could be a massive star.
“That’s not what people want to hear,” White said. “People don’t want to hear that. And then what he does is he’ll start fighting and arguing with people on social media. Then he wonders why when we show up to a press conference, the whole crowd is booing him. They’re not booing him because he’s black. There’s tons of black guys fighting in the UFC, you know what I mean?”
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