The return of angry Dana White, and this time he’s going after Tyron Woodley…
UFC 214 was arguably one of the best pay-per-views of 2017. From top to bottom, the card had amazing fights with crazy finishes, and plenty of action throughout. Featured in the main event were Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, but the event was not propped up by that bout.
Featuring three title fights in all, UFC 214 really did have a mean offering. Sadly for the fans, only two of the title fights delivered last night. Yep, you guessed it, Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia was a snoozer.
Ending with the crowd literally booing Woodley out of the arena, it was a stale 25-minute affair.
Demain Maia Lost, But Tyron Woodley Took The Flack
After all was said and done, yes the UFC 214 co-main event sucked, but was it Woodley’s fault. According to UFC president Dana White, ‘The Chosen One’ was to blame for ‘not taking risks’ against his Brazilian opponent.
White also claims that ‘nobody will pay to see Woodley fight after he was booed out of the arena,’ Not a great review from White:
“It’s frustrating to watch. This guy is a freak of nature, an amazing athlete, but he just won’t take any risks. He had Maia blind in round one, I feel like he could’ve probably finished him then. Definitely in round two he could have finished (Maia) but he just didn’t want to take the risk.”
“How can you expect fans to pay to watch Woodley fight? Would you pay to watch him fight? (Georges St-Pierre) will be fighting Michael Bisping. I can’t give Woodley GSP, because I know Bisping will show up to fight every time. (Woodley and Maia) broke the all-time record for least punches thrown in a five round title fight. It was 130, they threw something like 60.”
What’s Next For Tyron Woodley?
Even after winning, Woodley’s future as champion is uncertain. Not because there aren’t opponents out there, but really because Dana White will likely make things very difficult for ‘The Chosen One.’
UFC 214 full fight card results
Light heavyweight: Jon Jones def. Daniel Cormier via TKO at 3:01 of Round 3
Welterweight: Tyron Woodley def. Demian Maia via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)
Women’s featherweight: Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino def. Tonya Evinger via TKO (knees and punches) at 1:56 of Round 3
Welterweight: Robbie Lawler def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Light heavyweight: Volkan Oezdemir def. Jimi Manuwa via KO (punches) at 0:22 of Round 1
Featherweight: Ricardo Lamas def. Jason Knight via TKO at 4:34 of Round 1
Catchweight (140 lbs): Aljamain Sterling vs. Renan Barão (29-28, 29-27-30-26)
Featherweight: Brian Ortega def. Renato Moicano via submission (guillotine) at 2:59 of Round 3
Featherweight: Calvin Kattar def. Andre Fili via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Women’s strawweight: Alexandra Albu def. Kailin Curran via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Flyweight: Jarred Brooks def. Eric Shelton via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Lightweight: Drew Dober def. Josh Burkman via KO (punch) at 3:04 of Round 1