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According to UFC president Dana White, Hector Lombard desperately wants to fight Tyron Woodley (pictured), but Woodley said last weekend after quickly disposing of Dung Hyun Kim that he can’t face Lombard because they’re “teammates.”
Woodley then provided a different excuse Friday after White told him Lombard called him a “two-faced phony.”
“So I’m literally flying here [to Sacramento for UFC 177], I’m on the plane, we’re just about to go wheels up and I get a text from Hector Lombard that says, ‘Please get this Woodley fight done for me. I want this fight so bad, he’s a two-faced phony and I want to beat his ass.’ Literally what he said to me,” White shared.
“So I called Woodley when I landed and I said, ‘Obviously this isn’t a teammate thing because here’s what your teammate just said and he wants this fight bad.’ He said, ‘He can say whatever he wants. He’s about him and always been about him. This fight doesn’t work for me and my brand,’ and he started telling me all these reasons he didn’t want the fight and I just said, ‘Whatever, kid. Whatever, do your thing.’ He wants nothing to do with Hector. Hector wants this fight, Woodley does not.”
Woodley has won just four of his last seven bouts, so I’m not exactly sure who “brand” he’s trying to protect. Let’s not forget, White dubbed Woodley a “choker” only two fights ago when he was dominated by Rory MacDonald at UFC 174.
Nonetheless, “The Chosen One” has chosen to decline the shootout his boss wants to arrange. White still intends on having Lombard headline the UFC’s return to Australia in November, but he’ll have to scour his roster for someone not named Tyron Woodley.
Lombard, meanwhile, got off to a rocky start in the UFC going 1-2, but is perfect through two outings since dropping to welterweight.
Mental advantage, Lombard via unanimous decision.