Tyron Woodley says he plans on reclaiming his welterweight title, cleaning out the 170-pound division, and then moving up to middleweight to meet Israel Adesanya whom he believes to be “scared of fighters with power.”
Unsurprisingly, Adesanya has something to say about that.
Woodley was telling fans of his reinvigorated goals and attitude during an Instagram live session when he mentioned Adesanya’s role in his future.
“I don’t think he’s as dope as everybody is saying,” Woodley said. “I think he’s great, but everyone is making him out like he’s some phenomenon. I’ve seen some exposure in the Gastelum fight — somebody I walked through. I’ve seen some exposure in the Yoel Romero fight. He’s scared of guys with power. One thing that Yoel and I have in common — [although] not the same — is power, explosiveness. It didn’t seem like he was trying to deal with that at all.”
Monday night, Adesanya saw the comments and responded, taking a moment to remind Woodley of his loss to countryman Kamaru Usman.
“Lol see me see trouble…whala just dey find me anyhow,” Adesanya wrote. “[Woodley] can’t even deal with one Nigerian Nightmare [Usman] when he was at 30%. Oboy sit down before I lash your nyash well well.”
— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) April 21, 2020
Woodley’s immediate next step is uncertain.
He was supposed to meet Leon Edwards in the main event of the cancelled UFC London, and since then has been linked with a grudge match against rival Colby Covington.
For Adesanya, while there isn’t a cemented date, it’s likely he’ll be defending his middleweight championship against Paulo Costa later this year.