Tyron Woodley doesn’t believe a few hiccups throughout his MMA career warrant the label of choker.
UFC president Dana White stated just that following a recent loss by Woodley to Rory MacDonald, and the welterweight contender has responded.
“I don’t think that’s accurate to say I choke in every big fight, because I’ve been in some big fights (and won),” said Woodley, during an interview with MMAjunkie.com. “I think I didn’t choke in the Carlos Condit fight, and that was the biggest fight of my life.”
Woodley (13-3) earned a victory over Condit after the former interim UFC welterweight champion suffered a serious knee injury and could no longer compete. The injury happened after Woodley took Condit down.
Despite the decision loss to MacDonald, Woodley can get himself right back in title contention later this year when he faces Dong Hyun Kim (19-2-1) in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 48.
“Everyone who knows me and knows what I’m capable of knows that I didn’t perform in my last outing,” he said. “(Meeting Kim) gives me a chance to go out there and redeem myself.”
Woodley lost a chance to become the Strikeforce welterweight champion when he was bested by Nate Marquardt. His only other loss was a split decision defeat to Jake Shields in 2013.
“For me, it’s just knowing against high-level performers you have to be on,” he said. “You light switch has to turn on no matter what you feel like. I feel like this is my chance to go out there and redeem.
“We’ve seen the killer Tyron Woodley, we’ve seen the guy have some closer fights; I think it’s time to consistently see the same fighter.”
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