UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has demanded an apology from president Dana White after his disparaging remarks at the weekend.
White laid into Woodley after he defended his title against wrestling ace Demian Maia at UFC 214 on Saturday, saying Woodley’s reluctance to attack had cost him a promised shot at returning UFC legend George St-Pierre.
“You ask fans if they want to see Woodley fight again, I think that will be a flat out ‘no’,” said White at the post-fight press conference.
“Who wants to pay to see Tyron Woodley fight again? He’s an absolute physical specimen, the guy could’ve finished the fight at any time he wanted to but, you know, he didn’t want to take the risks. [If] you take no risks, you get no rewards.”
Woodley was not impressed with White’s comments and hit back at the UFC supremo in an interview on ‘The MMA Hour’.
“When your job title is ‘promoter,’ promote your f***ing fighters,” said Woodley.
“Promote your champion. Don’t demote your champion. I threw my shoulder out in the first round. I wasn’t able to throw any damaging shots. For you guys that don’t understand what a labrum tear is, go get on Google, Wikipedia and figure it out.”
Woodley then demand an apology from White, before threatening to spill the beans on some UFC secrets.
“If you’re going to publicly scrutinise me, Dana White, he needs to apologise to me,” said Woodley.
“I’ve done nothing but good stuff for the sport. I’ve done nothing but be a good [role] model for the organization. I fight with f***ing integrity. I covered your sport from the Fox desk a week before my fight. I always uphold my responsibilities with the organisation.
“The word behind business is ‘man.’ You need to be a man and owe me a public apology. And if I don’t get that, I’m going to start leaking some s**t that people don’t want to be out in the wind.”