The following are highlights of a recent Tyron Woodley interview:
On his upcoming fight against Dong Hyun Kim: “Everyone who knows me and knows what I’m capable of knows that I didn’t perform in my last outing. (Fighting Kim) gives me a chance to go out there and redeem myself against another top-10 welterweight. Going into someone else’s backyard again, I mean I know it’s ways from Korea, but it’s still closer than me. I plan on just going out there and having fun.”
On Dana White saying he chokes in big fights: “I don’t think that’s accurate to say I choke in every big fight, because I’ve been in some big fights. I think I didn’t choke in the Carlos Condit fight and that was the biggest fight of my life. Carlos is a little more dangerous than Rory. He’s probably one of the most dangerous and that was a big fight.”
“I don’t think that’s accurate to say, but in that particular fight I was frozen. It was set up to be a better fight stylistically wise. I kind of let myself down and my training partners and coaches down. It’s more important to do what I’m capable of for myself and for my family.”
On redeeming himself: “For me it’s just knowing against high-level performers you have to be on. Your light switch has to turn on no matter what you feel like, and I feel like this is my chance to go out there and redeem. We’ve seen the killer Tyron Woodley – we’ve seen the guy have some closer fights. I think it’s time to consistently see the same fighter.”
Tyron Woodley fights Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 48 on August 23rd at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena. The card is expected to air on UFC Fight Pass.