After getting trounced by Rory MacDonald at UFC 174, welterweight Tyron Woodley (pictured) joined the likes of Kenny Florian, Nate Marquardt and Jake Ellenberger as fighters who Dana White has dubbed a “choker.”
It’s arguably the worst club the UFC president can assign you to, but as we all know full well, White never minces words.
“[MacDonald] dominated Woodley,” White said on FOX Sports 1’s post-fight show. “He made him not look like he shouldn’t have even been in there.
“[Woodley] choked in the big fight tonight, man. He needed to come out and try to rip that head off in the third round, and he didn’t even do that. He threw a few punches, missed and didn’t knock him out and just sort of set back into the way he fought in the rest of the fight. He got beat tonight. He got beat mentally, he got beat physically. Tyron’s got a way to go.”
Woodley thought an impressive win over MacDonald would catapult him to the front of the welterweight title line, particularly since he’s coming of knockout victories over former interim champ Carlos Condit and Josh Koscheck.
Unfortunately for the former Strikeforce star, it looks like he’s back to square one.
The bright side for Woodley? A victory wouldn’t have earned him the top contender moniker, anyways. MacDonald put on possibly the best showing of his career and White said the winner of July’s shootout between Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown gets next dibs.