With Final Preventing Championship (UFC) staging interim title fights any likelihood it will get, some within the blended martial arts (MMA) neighborhood have said that the worth of being a UFC titleholder has been watered down over the previous few years.
Should you ask Dana White, although, that’s farther from the reality. If something, he says it offers different fighters the possibility to change into champion — albeit with an interim tag — and to earn extra money, aspect alternatives, and pay-per-view (PPV) factors simply because the true champion does.
It’s one thing Tyron Woodley can attest to, as he says he didn’t understand simply how a lot is tied into being a UFC champion till he misplaced the belt.
“Typically we are able to attempt to act like we acquired all of it made and every little thing’s found out, however shit, I advised myself I didn’t actually worship the belt and I didn’t worship the belt, however you don’t acknowledge till you lose the belt what number of issues had been tied into the belt,” Woodley stated on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Present (by way of ESPN).
“How a lot alternatives and your platform and publicity, to not point out the amount of cash you make and the pay-per-view [earnings]. You recognize, not that I’m going to cease getting invited to chill events or collab with some actual G’s in music due to who I’m,” he added. ”However you neglect.”
After defending his Welterweight title 4 instances, “The Chosen One” was dethroned by Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 final month, struggling his first defeat since 2014 (highlights). Although he’d love the possibility to run it again towards “The Nigerian Nightmare,” it’s one thing that possible gained’t occur immediately because the promotion will give the subsequent title battle to Colby Covington.
So far as his comeback, Woodley will look to reflect that of Georges St-Pierre’s after he was knocked out by Matt Serra.
“Now I acquired to do much like what Georges St. Pierre did when he misplaced to Matt Hughes and needed to come again and avenge that, and misplaced to Matt Serra and needed to come again and avenge that,” Woodley stated. “I assumed that every little thing was on the up-and-up now, don’t need to battle this a lot with the promotion, don’t need to battle this a lot with the gameplan. Had that just about down,” he added.
”Not that I acquired comfy, however I assumed my days of struggling was over. However they preserve telling me the comeback goes to be so extreme, it’s going to be so vicious that God needed to [bring] me thus far. And once I come again, I’m not going to have the ability to even think about what’s in retailer for me. In order that’s form of the place I’m at mentally proper now,” concluded the ex-champion.
Woodley is in talks to rematch Robbie Lawler on June 29th in the principle occasion of UFC on ESPN four in Minneapolis, Minnesota. However regardless of studies of it being finalized, “The Chosen One” says it’s not a carried out deal simply but.
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