UFC light heavyweight Ike Villanueva is suspicious of Tyron Woodley’s upcoming boxing showdown with Jake Paul. He believes Woodley could purposely lose to Paul in exchange for a heavy payday.
Villanueva is expected to challenge Marcin Prachnio at the UFC Fight Night: Gane vs. Volkov on June 26, 2021.
In an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda’s John Hyon Ko, the 37-year-old commented on the highly anticipated competition between Woodley and Paul.
“You’re throwing all this money to this guy (Tyron Woodley). He’s never made so much money,” Villanueva told Sportskeeda. “I think Woodley was paid to fall. I’m not telling everyone (but) it’s going to happen, man. I hope not, but these guys weigh 190 pounds, 200 pounds and fight 170 little guys. So I wish them that she would call like a lightweight like us, “he added.
Ike Villanueva said he would be happy if Woodley got Paul down. However, considering how the Paul brothers ventured into the boxing world, he remains suspicious of the matchup.
“I hope Tyron doesn’t fall. It’s an ugly situation because I’m a huge Woodley fan. He can do it, that’s great for him, but these guys are doing something different. I don’t know, man. It’s’ a Suspicious.”
You can see the full interview from Ike Villanueva below:
Ike Villanueva predicts he will finish Marcin Prachnio in the second round at UFC Vegas 30
Ike Villanueva’s next UFC game will be against Marcin Prachinho. The 32-year-old Polish fighter last challenged Khalil Rountree Jr. at UFC 257 and defeated him unanimously. However, according to Villanueva, it was Rountree who won the fight.
“Hurricane Ike” predicted the outcome of his impending collision and said he would check-hook Prachinho, which he failed to show in the UFC.
“I respect him (Marcin Prachinho) but Sam Alvey caught him with that check-hook. I want to smile the same way with my check-hook because I think I have one of the best hooks in the game. I just don’t have it shown. I’ll catch him. Let’s do a show. I’m not the BS crowd, I come to fight. My job is to put on a show. Like I said, I think about the second round, me I’ll catch him. I can’t rush it, but I’ll catch him in the second round, “said Ike Villanueva.