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The Internet has not been particularly kind to Tyron Woodley in the last few days (or in general, really). Everyone has taken shots at him in the last week or so. Leon Edwards accused him of “clout-chasing” and avoiding him. Israel Adesanya scoffed off talks of a match up with the former Welterweight champ, called him broke, and led Woodley into a beef with his teammates as well. Even Kamaru Usman, who stole Woodley’s title, is advising Woodley on how to get back into the mix.
“T-Wood” isn’t having it.
Woodley took to Twitter today to clear the air with each of the men above. In the case of “Rocky,” Woodley made the very fair point that Edwards was stuck in the U.K., also calling Edwards a stepping stone anyway.
Finally someone with fact. Leon acting like I'm dodging him and he not even an option cause he can't get in the states. Colby wants 5mil . Comedy https://t.co/wRZfTonINs— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) April 28, 2020
Can he come to the US ? No! I'm calling out champions, harder match ups and people who are ranked higher. why would I call him out? He was always a stepping stone to the throne. End of story https://t.co/b7YJePDEaW— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) April 29, 2020
Woodley’s harshest response was reserved for Adesanya, who he argues took his comments about moving up a weight class as a personal insult for no real reason.
@stylebender u sound like an idiot! The question was would I move up. The answer is yes. How TF is that calling u out? I'm just not a bitch like U that cowards at the thought of @JonnyBones. If u could read U would see I said my goal is to get my belt back, then move up. Duh!— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) April 28, 2020
@stylebender I gave u props zillions of time & never been a hater. Actually said u was a star. But what makes greats Great is fighting the Best. I'll always want to fight who everyone think is the best. It's How I earned my key. Now I wanna knock ur block off cause u a whole HOE!— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) April 28, 2020
Finally, Woodley merely disputed Usman’s comments about taking any fight available. Woodley claims he’s accepted every fighter officially offered to him, which is all that is in his control. After all, it’s not up to Woodley to track down and fight every single athlete who sends him a mean Tweet.
Fake news. Every offered fight has been accepted. Actually don't have a problem with his comment if the facts were true. Many talk, but few have signed the dotted line. https://t.co/3aGAPFNgMR— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) April 28, 2020
Though I personally do agree with Usman’s general idea that fighting sooner than later would behoove Woodley in earning another title shot, it certainly seems like Woodley has plenty of options. All things considered, who would you like to see Woodley face next?
A big man doing cartwheels and kimuras:
This might be the most Donald Cerrone statement possible.
Spoke to Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) today. Great chat. Told me he is naming his second son, who is due in September, Riot. And he wants to fight May 9, May 13 and May 16 lol. Interview coming.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 28, 2020
Justin Gaethje reflects on his upcoming main event and the general UFC 249 card:
Invicta FC celebrates eight years in the business today!
Ariel Helwani regales Daniel Cormier with the story of his first grade bully:
I cannot tell if the Instagram trash talk between Mike Perry and Darren Till is all a joke or if these two are actually ready to fight, but it’s getting real weird.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
This has to rank highly among MMA’s all-time great knockouts:
Fedor knocking out Andrei Arlovski while he’s in the air pic.twitter.com/akPeTyIZho— Connoisseur of Combat (@ConOfCombat) April 28, 2020
I very much enjoyed One Championship’s montage of slick defense and counters.
Body shots this loud do not feel great.
I can’t even begin to explain this one.
Midnight Music: Station to Station is definitely one of Bowie’s best. The man ruled the ‘70s!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.