UFC-mästaren i weltervikt Tyron Woodley har jagat en match mot Georges St-Pierre i flera år. När denne nu lagt handskarna på hyllan ser det ut som att matchen aldrig kommer ske.
Woodley pratade i dagarna med TMZ efter det att den tidigare weltervikt och mellanviktsmästaren St-Pierre meddelat sin pensionering från sporten. Woodley avslöjade då att han utmanat den kanadensiske legendaren flera gånger men att St-Pierre nobbat varje gång:
I came to the UFC about potentially fighting Georges, and then they went to Georges about a fight, and Georges would say ‘no, I want to fight somebody that makes sense for my career, that’s going to boost me.’ A.K.A., he felt that if he we fought it was only a win-win situation for me.
He had a stronger name, stronger brand. I would gain strong pay-per-view points from the fight. If he wins, he was supposed to win. If I win, now my career is boosted. That was his reasoning many, many times. It wasn’t once. It was lots of times. Five or six times, this fight was brought to him, to take on a fight against me, and he wasn’t into it.
Även om Woodley väldigt gärna hade velat fightas mot St-Pierre förstår han varför denne tackade nej:
At the time I had to make it ‘you’re a b***h, you’re scared to fight me, but in real life, if I was him, does he have to fight me? He really doesn’t have to fight me,” Woodley said. “He already fought the powerful wrestlers that can now strike, like Johny Hendricks. He’s already fought Josh Koscheck, he already fought everybody like that.
He’s not going to beat me, just because I’m a better version of him. I’m more powerful than him, I’m stronger, it’d be nearly impossible for him to take me down. I’m going to be able to go five rounds. Carlos Condit couldn’t withstand him, Jon Fitch couldn’t withstand him, but I’ve got the tools that they didn’t have. I’ve got the wrestling that Carlos didn’t have, I’ve got the power that Jon Fitch didn’t have.
Trots sin besvikelse erkänner Woodley att han ändå rankar St-Pierre som en av de främsta fighters någonsin. 3:e främst för att vara exakt efter Jon Jones och Anderson Silva.
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