Regardless of shedding, Tyron Woodley is at peace.
Woodley (19-5-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC), a former UFC champion, got here out on the shedding finish of a five-round unanimous determination to Gilbert Burns within the UFC on ESPN 9 foremost occasion.
Regardless of struggling back-to-back defeats for the primary time in his skilled MMA profession, Woodley was calm when describing the loss in an Instagram put up on Sunday.
“I felt good,” Woodley stated. “I’ve no excuses. I felt good. I prepare laborious. I used to be in nice form. I felt like I did all the things proper. Every thing felt good from the walkout to the stretch, to each single factor concerning the struggle. I regarded him within the eyes yesterday and knew he was going to be able to struggle. I believed that was good. He did an excellent job of maintaining the gap (and) not coming on the photographs. I felt like I used to be reaching. I don’t don’t have any excuses, man. I’m going to carry my head excessive.”
On a couple of event in his post-fight video assertion, Woodley referenced there have been occasions within the struggle the place he felt like giving up. Remembering the latest protests because of the dying of George Floyd was motivation, Woodley stated.
“A whole lot of (expletives) would let anyone end them off in that second,” Woodley stated. “I wasn’t going to (expletive) quit. I used to be simply serious about everyone proper now who’s protesting and preventing for one thing good for Mr. Floyd’s household I’m like, ‘I simply can’t quit in right here.’ I by no means actually gave up hope that I used to be going to win the struggle, to be sincere.”
General, Woodley indicated he’s accepted the loss for what it’s. Though he doesn’t perceive why he misplaced, Woodley stated he’s put his religion in God.
“I simply wished to come back and face you guys as a result of I don’t perceive,” Woodley stated. “It doesn’t make quite a lot of sense to me. It’s not very clear. I simply know I’ve received to belief God. I’ve received a bizarre peace for anyone who simply received their ass whooped. I don’t know why I’m at peace – not with shedding, not with defeating, not with shedding to Gilbert.
“Gilbert got here out and did his factor. On the finish of the day, it wasn’t a scenario just like the Usman struggle the place I didn’t really feel like I used to be there. I used to be there. I used to be current. I used to be responding. I heard what my coaches had been saying. I simply couldn’t get my arms on him. I can take that. I can take a loss once I really feel like I used to be current in my thoughts and physique.”
UFC on ESPN 9 happened Saturday at UFC Apex. The primary card and prelims simulcasted on ESPN and ESPN+.
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