On Monday welterweight champion Tyron Woodley threatened to “leak” top secret information if he didn’t receive a public apology from UFC president Dana White.
Fast forward two days and White has yet to issue a mea culpa (SHOCKER) for putting Woodley on blast for his ho-hum title defense against Demian Maia Saturday at UFC 214. But guess what? Woodley now says things are better with White after the two engaged in an animated phone conversation, and he “probably” won’t be leaking that secret intel he threatened White with just 48 hours prior (SHOCKER).
“There was some yelling back and forth,” Woodley told ESPN.com. “At the end of the conversation, I felt pretty comfortable. It ended on a positive note. Two men can talk on the phone and maybe not agree on everything, but at least respect each other.
“I still feel he should apologize publicly, but I’m not going to hold my breath. The conversation ended with respect and that was really my goal. Dana knows all about talking off emotion. I went a little (crazy) and was talking off emotion, too. Did I really plan on leaking stuff? Probably not. But at the time, I was mad and it sounded good.”
Woodley might feel he’s in a better place with White after their chat, but make no mistake, White still won – as he has countless times in the past when confronted by his fighters for unfair treatment or pay.
Worse yet for Woodley is the fact that, while White might act like things are kosher on the outside, he certainly won’t forget Woodley threatened to damage the UFC’s reputation by leaking information.
Woodley dug his own grave and best believe he will be staying in White’s doghouse for the foreseeable future. The good news for Woodley is he’ll have plenty of roommates in there.
White was highly critical of Woodley for not trying to put the finishing touches on Maia, despite seemingly having every opportunity in the world to do so. Woodley instead opted to cruise to a landslide unanimous decision victory while being greeted with a chorus of boos for much of his 25-minute tango against the Brazilian.
Woodley says he injured his right shoulder in the early stages of the fight that prevented him from unleashing haymakers. White remained unsympathetic and pulled Woodley from a blockbuster bout against former welterweight king Georges St-Pierre.
“You ask fans if they want to see Woodley fight again,” White said of Woodley. “I think that would be flat out no. Who wants to pay to see Tyron Woodley fight again?” White said. “He is an absolute physical specimen. The guy could have finished that fight at any time he wanted to, but he didn’t want to take the risks.
“You take no risks, you get no rewards.”
UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping will now score the massive payday for welcoming St-Pierre back to the cage at UFC 217.