Tyron Woodley was expelled from the UFC after suffering his fourth straight loss in March. The Chosen One was submitted by Vincente Luque to UFC 260 on his last appearance.
Woodley’s loss in four fights came against elite opponents, with the current welterweight champion being among the fighters who defeated him. The worrying problem, however, and a key factor that led to his release, was that Woodley failed to win a round against any of his four opponents.
Tyron Woodley’s fall from the top
In January 2019, Tyron Woodley was the UFC welterweight champion, winning dominant wins against Darren Till, Demian Maia, Stephen Thompson and Robbie Lawler.
However, Tyron Woodley’s world collapsed at UFC 235 when he tried for the fifth time to defend his belt against an up-and-coming competitor in Kamaru Usman. Unable to deal with the intense pressure and wrestling skills Usman brought into the fight, Woodley was dominated in a unanimous five round loss.
That loss to Usman essentially created a blueprint for Woodley’s future opponents. Both Gilbert Burns and Colby Covington used a similar combination of relentless pressure and wrestling to continually dominate the former champion.
The Burns fight ended with another unanimous decision loss, while Woodley suffered a TKO loss in the fifth round against Covington due to a broken rib.
Woodley was then compared to Vincente Luque in the UFC 260 co-main event. Woodley clearly recognized that his opponents were benefiting from his predictable tendencies in the cage and came out with a much more aggressive game plan.
Despite early success, Woodley’s strategy ultimately backfired as Luque was able to stun Woodley. This eventually resulted in Luque blocking a D’Arce choke and leaving the former champion unconscious.
Tyron Woodley’s transition to boxing
Tyron Woodley is now able to test the waters outside of UFC and MMA as a free agent. He was recently heralded as the next opponent for YouTuber boxer Jake Paul.
Jake Paul recently knocked out another former UFC fighter and Woodley’s training partner, Ben Askren. Although Askren is primarily a wrestler, he made the decision to take on Paul in an exhibition boxing match.
While there was talk of the fight being resolved, Paul eventually dropped Askren on the first round. The umpire found the former UFC fighter unable to move on and awarded Paul the win over a first-round interruption. Tyron Woodley will be hoping to avenge his teammates and excite MMA fans when he competes against Jake Paul.