Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is from Ferguson, a rough-and-tumble suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. So don’t treat “Chosen One” like some busboy from Weenie Hut Jr.
That means you, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor.
Now more than one month removed from his backstage confrontation with “Notorious” (watch it), Woodley explains the dark place he (almost) went to when the trash-talking Irishman was posturing backstage.
Transcribed by MMA Fighting:
“I try not to take myself back to those dark areas, I try to stay sophisticated, stay professional but a few people can take you out of that element and bring that Ferguson back out of you and he almost did it. But I had to keep my eyes on the prize, defend my strap in a Fight of the Night performance at UFC 205. So if you want to get in there with a lion and get your head bit off and have me spewing your blood all over the Octagon while you've got that goofy tiger tattoo on your chest, looking like a clown with a clown on your chest, we can do it. We can do it in Ireland, Dublin, we can do it in the back of White Castle, I don't care. But just know, I ain't that guy. I don't like to try and act overly hood or overly ghetto, a million hood stripes, but where I'm from you don't call me a bitch, number one. Number two, you don't fake like you're about that life. If you want to scrap, if you want to make this money, let's do it. If you don't, shut your mouth. Just do your thing."
His thing, at least for the time being, is fatherhood.
McGregor and Co. expressed interest in moving back up to welterweight for a title fight against Woodley; however, Stephen Thompson — who battled the Strikeforce import to a draw at UFC 205 — is likely on deck. In addition, McGregor has his own work to do at 155 pounds following his holiday hiatus.