Ever since he lost the UFC welterweight championship to Kamaru Usman a little over a year ago, Tyron Woodley has been sitting on the sidelines.
A succession of fights against the likes of Colby Covington and Leon Edwards failed to come to fruition for various reasons but with him now locked in to a May 30 headline bout inside the UFC’s Apex facility in Las Vegas against Gilbert Burns just a week away, the ex-champ says he is about to remind the 170-pound division of what he is truly capable of inside the octagon.
“I’m willing to do some sh**ty stuff to people, put them in compromising positions, hurt them — like literally hurt them,” Woodley told TMZ. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been this focused.”
On paper, Burns represents a serious threat. The Brazilian submission specialist has won five straight fights in the UFC. The last two of those, wins against Demian Maia and Gunnar Nelson, represented the most high profile victories of his career — but Woodley says he is a different beast to those he has faced to date inside the octagon.
“This is going to be a clear case of someone asking for something they didn’t really know what they were asking for,” Woodley explained. “People are gonna feel bad for him.”