The former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley left UFC in 2021 and participated in a boxing match against the problem child Jake Paul. To his disappointment and all the MMA fans, he failed to secure a win against Paul not once but twice.
Since then, he has been in conversations to fight big names like Tommy Fury and KSI, but those conversations never translated into done deals. Very interestingly, Tyron Woodley recently addressed that he would come back to fight Israel Adesanya when asked who he would return for.
Only time can tell if Woodley will ever make a return, and if he does end up returning, it will be fascinating to see if he ever fights Israel Adesanya.
Tyron Woodley on fighting Israel Adesanya
Recently, on the JAXXON video podcast, Tyron Woodley shared his thoughts on fighting Israel Adesanya and explained why he doesn’t respect him.
“The only person I would just want to beat the **** out of is Israel Adesanya,” Woodley said, as quoted by mmafighting.com. “I don’t like him. Because he cap [fake], he was never Israel Adesanya. ... How do I do this again.
Israel Adesanya, I get on the same show, TMZ, and they asked me who was next up. I said, ‘I kind of like this Israel kid. He’s kind of different, but he’s got some pizazz. He’s got his own character. He’s flashy, but he’s a good martial artist.
Woodley further said: I think he’s one to watch out for. This is when he first started out. So I gave him his respect. Then they asked me, who did I want to fight? Whoever’s at the top. So you’re at the top, my brother, it’s a salute.
I never wanted to fight Nick, Nate [Diaz] or Conor [McGregor], or Georges [St-Pierre] because I thought they were weak, easy and whack. I thought they was the best. To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best”.