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Despite three defeats in a row, former UFC champion American Tyron Woodley still believes he can rehabilitate himself and regain lost ground. During a skid, Woodley lost his belt to Kamar Usman by decision, and then lost by decision to Gilbert Burns and lost by technical knockout in the fifth round to Colby Covington.
The representative of the United States, in the next fight against Brazilian Vicente Luque, intends to prove that people should not doubt him, and at the same time, it excludes the possibility of completing a career, even if it fails again.
“I just know with me performing to the level I can perform, everything else is just going to pan itself out. I’m not going to have to worry about wins and losses,” Tyron Woodley said at media day. “I’m not going to have to worry about bonuses and big fights.
“I think I was focused so heavily on proving people wrong so many times in my career that it took away from proving people right,” Woodley continued. “I got 20 or 30 people I’ve got to prove right: coaches, loved-ones, kids, training partners, people who really supported me since the beginning.
“It’s millions of people you’ve got to try to prove wrong,” Tyron Woodley said. “For me, it’s really just focusing and really just understanding that life is not a straight path. It can be, but we make choices. I made choices in my life that kind of veered me off that path and those are the things I have to deal with.
“Quitting is not an option,” Tyron Woodley added. “I’ve got to go out on top like I plan to do in the way I saw myself at the beginning of the sport. That’s not the way. It wasn’t losing to these guys. Although they were the champion, (ranked) one, and two. But on paper, I’m a better fighter than all of them.”
To come out on top, Tyron Woodley will need to beat Vicente Luque at UFC 260 and prove once again that he is a real contender. If he beats the Brazilian, he might get the next top five opponent and try to get back to the title.