The on-again, off-again relationship between Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White and Welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, is making headlines once again. That’s because White recently claimed that a proposed title fight between Woodley and Nate Diaz -- which was rumored to be going down at UFC 219 on Dec. 30, 2017 -- was never actually offered.
Now, “T-Wood” is refuting those claims, saying the bout was indeed offered. Furthermore, Woodley doesn’t appreciate that White is constantly demoting (not promoting) him.
“Delusional Dana constantly demotes me as a fighter when the job is to promote his fighters, especially champions,” Woodley said in a statement to MMA Fighting. “Why would I get in camp, and why would Nate give a $15 million purse request if there was no fight? It’s obvious they haven’t found their blockbuster headliner yet. This was a reality, and they know it. The inability to come to financial terms with Nate killed it,” concluded Woodley.
Woodley and White have made it a habit to go at each other through the media, as the brash head honcho criticized Woodley’s performance against Demian Maia at UFC 214, saying his lackluster win cost him a title fight against Georges St-Pierre. As a result, Woodley took it upon himself to demand a public apology from his boss, which he may or may not have gotten.
With no fight against Diaz on the table for Woodley (because of this and this), UFC 219 will be headlined by a women’s Featherweight title fight that will see division queen Cris Cyborg defend her belt for the first time against former women’s Bantamweight champion, Holly Holm.
For more on how that fight finally came to be click here.