Monday, June 21, 2021

Woodley Says Jake Paul Fight Is The Beginning Of A Boxing Career

Tyron Woodley may have turned the page on his MMA career.

Woodley, the former UFC welterweight champion, fought out his UFC contract at UFC 260. He will now make his boxing debut on August 28 against Jake Paul. The brash YouTuber turned boxer had a back-and-forth with Woodley and after Paul knocked out Ben Askren who’s the former UFC champs friend, the rivalry got bigger and they will now fight in August.

Although many thought this would be a one-off, Woodley says after he defeats Paul he will look to box again in November.

“I think I box some more,” Woodley told TMZ Sports when asked what happens after he fights Jake Paul (via MMAFighting). “I mean, s***, I want to fight twice this year, so I’ll fight him August 28 and around November I’ll be ready to box again. I don’t know exactly who, when, where, what, how, but I know that me going out and really doing work is going to put me in a position to open up other windows.”

Tyron Woodley
Tyron Woodley, USA TODAY Sports

According to Woodley, he says the idea of fighting at 190lbs is something he likes. With the money he’s also getting to box Paul at this weight, he says dropping back down to 170 for an MMA fight would be harder to do now. He also says he knows what his market value is.

“Who knows what’s next? This may open up the door for me taking some other fights at different weights,” Woodley said. “Fighting at 190 (pounds) and then having to go back to 170 (pounds) is like ‘agh’ because, you know, the amount of money I’m going to make for this fight is going to be quite different from some of the other UFC fights or even different promotions that want to do MMA fights. But if you want me to do MMA at 170, now the bag is stupid. The best thing that’s happened in the last 24 hours, I’m smiling that my market value is where it’s at. You won’t put me on the clearance rack. I won’t be on aisle nine. August 28, you’re gonna see (my time)’s not past and you’re gonna want to see more of it.”

Tyron Woodley enters his pro boxing debut on a four-fight losing skid and coming off a submission loss to Vicente Luque. Although he is 39-years-old, he still remains dangerous as he has legit one-punch KO power.

Do you think Tyron Woodley beats Jake Paul?