It’s safe to say we did not see Tyron Woodley’s best performance the night he lost his welterwight belt to new champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 in the Co-Main Event. Even Dana White speculated at the post fight press conference that Woodley may have possibly been “hurt” or had a bad training camp leading up to the fight. According to Woodley however, talking to TMZ, all things were good before entering the cage:
“I felt good in the warmups, good in the walkthrough the day of the fight, felt good in the locker room, felt good in the walk out, good when I dapped gloves with him. Something happened when we got close; there was a draining moment that I can’t really explain. A lot of people say that you have an out of body experience, where I wanted to swing hard, but I couldn’t.”
Woodley found himself on the floor or against the fence for the majority of the fight defending the pressure wrestling style of Usman. A wrestler himself, it was Usman who stalked Woodley the entire fight and imposed his style upon the former champion in a surprisingly dominate win. Woodley let it be known however, he has one focus now in his career: to get back his belt.
“I still think I’m the greatest Welterweight of all time. My path now is Redemption. I’m on a path of redemption right now, and I got to go get what’s mine.”