After raking up seven straight victories at the Welterweight division against some of the most prominent names in the history of mixed martial arts in the form of Damien Maia, Stephen Thompson, Darren Till, Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley has not looked the same fighter in his last few fights. Ever since losing to Kamaru Usman in a lopsided unanimous decision early last year to drop the UFC Welterweight Championship belt, Woodley returned against Gilbert Burns to make amends. However, he failed to impress once again as he suffered yet another unanimous decision loss to top-prospect Gilbert Burns, who will be taking on Kamaru Usman for the Welterweight Championship later this year in December.
Colby Covington has an engine for days 🔥
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In what was a must-win fight for Tyron Woodley, the former Welterweight Champion suffered his first stoppage loss in the main event of UFC Vegas 11 in a grudge match against Colby Covington. The former Interim Champion Covington, put an absolute clinic to secure a dominant win over Tyron Woodley. In the lead up to the fight, Covington claimed that he would stop Woodley and make way for himself to fight for the title with a performance more impressive than Woodley’s last opponents – Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns. Covington walked the talk, as he dominated Woodley, with proficient striking and worldc-class grappling to pick up a stoppage win over the former Champion after he broke his rib in the starting moments of the fifth round.
Tyron Woodley stated that Colby Covington was the last person he wanted to lose to
While Tyron Woodley did not appear in the post-fight interview, he put up a short video on Instagram and shared his thoughts on the unfortunate stoppage.
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“I appreciate you guys – love you guys,” Woodley said. “It didn’t go the way I wanted guys. The last person, I wanted to lose to. I don’t know what the f**k happened. It happened. Gotta dust it off, shake the sh*t off, and find a way.”
Tyron Woodley has not shown any interest in retiring from the sport. He stated that he needs to find a way, dust this loss off and hopefully come back stronger. However, UFC President Dana White stated he feels that Woodley should start thinking about hanging his gloves.