Tyron Woodley Prefers MMA Fight With Dan Hardy, Says Boxing ‘Would Leave Him Off The Hook’

Tyron Woodley wouldn’t mind a fight with Dan Hardy, but they can leave the boxing gloves at the gym.

During a performance on The MMA hour on Wednesday, the former UFC welterweight champion spoke of rumors of a possible fight with Hardy after comments from his fellow UFC veteran in which Hardy stated that he had signed a contract to box Woodley sometime in 2022.

Woodley was hesitant to divulge Hardy’s claims, but said that if the two did fight it might be more appropriate for the cage’s familiar confines.

“I don’t even want to give Dan Hardy the power,” Woodley said. “I want to say some bullshit about him, but I really don’t want to give him the power. One who now cares about a painted mohawk. Stop dude, you f*cking 90. Get the paint off, you’re not ‘The Outlaw’ anymore. You haven’t had a face in 10 years, so stop The Outlaw sh*t.

“They talked to me about him and there was good money. There’s been a lot of good money for a lot of different fights, so I’m going to look into it, but I was thinking about boxing with Dan. I think it would let him off the hook. If I were to fight him in MMA it would be a little elbow, a little knee, a little bitch. I need some hands to do that. I don’t know, we’ll see.”

Woodley was involved in two of the most talked-about martial arts events of 2021, a pair of boxing matches against YouTube star Jake Paul, in which Woodley came out on the losing side both times. The buzz prior to the first fight was greater as Woodley replaced Tommy Fury for the second fight, but the result of the second fight – a huge knockout win for Paul – made for a lot of post-fight chatter.

Win or lose, Woodley believes he has led the way with his ambitious ideas not only in getting into a crossover battle with Paul, but also in his entertainment ventures, and it is for that reason that veterans like Hardy are now interested in to do business with him.

“There Was Some Talking With” [Hardy’s team] because a lot of these guys – and he’s not the only one, a lot of these guys have hitchhiked on me – what I did in MMA put me in a position where I can do certain things in film, music and other fights in other organizations. I’m the only real free agent here to be honest. Who else can do what they want to do, when they want to do it, fight who they want to fight, no contract, no one can stop me, and I make a lot of money?

“So people are going to hate me. They’re gonna hate me. They’re going to see my opportunities, but they don’t have the wisdom yet. My goals and what God has for me and the windows He opened, you will never access them and you can never close my window. So when people look at you and compare themselves, you shouldn’t compare yourself to anyone else. Don’t look at what I have, look at what you should get, look at your vision. I think when guys take their eyes off their sight and what the hell they should do and start looking at another guy; one, it’s suspicious. Two, it’s like taking your mind off your goal. Don’t look at what I did and want the payday I got. None of you have been world champions five times, none of them. So what are you talking about?

“Dan Hardy tried to teach me to be a champion forever. He never held the belt. Other people were angry because they were in my division and never held the belt. I did it when it wasn’t cute. I did it when they were just #1 contenders. I did it when it was the toughest division in the world and I cried to fight the best in its prime and I never got that chance, so now God works in mysterious ways, now this is my time, this is my moment, and many people have a lot to say. And I just keep working.”

Woodley won the UFC welterweight title at UFC 201 in July 2016 with a first round knockout of Robbie Lawler and successfully defended it four times in a row (including one majority draw) before losing it to Kamaru Usman three years later. During his run at the top, Woodley said he wanted to share the cage with big names like Georges St-Pierre and Nick Diaz, but those fights never materialized, and instead he fought top contenders Stephen Thompson, Demian Maia and Darren Till. .

Woodley has been criticized throughout his career for his matchmaking choices and pursuits outside of MMA, but has developed a thick skin and he looks to boxing legend Muhammad Ali for inspiration.

“I was watching the Ali movie with my son and I was watching it and it was — not comparing myself to Ali — but I was really doing my things the way I wanted to and people weren’t appreciating it,” Woodley said. “They never appreciated him then. But I was a champion, I remember [Ali] saying this, ‘I’m not going to be the champion you wanted me to.’ I’m not gonna be the champion that Usman wanted me to be, I’m not gonna be the champion that Hardy wanted me to be, Dana White wanted me to be, I was who the fuck I wanted to be and I did and I beat guys when they thought I was going to lose. I was on top no matter what people threw at me.”

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