How boxing knockout impacts former UFC champion’s legacy

It’s hard to believe that just three years ago, Tyron Woodley was on top of the UFC world. Woodley was the welterweight champion and had an impressive 19-3-1 record. He had just won his most impressive victory as a champion with a second-round stoppage against Darren Till.

Woodley had a show on TMZ and he was also starting his music career. He seemed to have everything he had ever wanted. Things started to take a turn for the worse for Woodley when he faced Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 in March 2019. Usman completely destroyed Woodley on the verge of winning the welterweight title.

After that loss, Woodley took a year away from the Octagon and returned in March 2020. Woodley faced Gilbert Burns in a UFC Fight Night headliner. The result was the same as his previous fight as Burns completely dominated the former champion and won every round.

Then Woodley had a grudge match with his rival Colby Covington. Once again, Woodley was completely outmaneuvered and lost by a fifth round stoppage. The former UFC champion had essentially lost fifteen straight rounds in the Octagon and he was in the final fight for his contract.

Unlike his previous fights, he was aggressive when he fought Vicente Luque at UFC 260. However, he was stopped in the first round by Luque. It was then that the former champion turned to boxing.

The UFC Boxing Champion’s Decision

Woodley’s close friend and teammate Ben Askren was tasked with boxing Jake Paul earlier this year. The former UFC champion was in Askren’s corner and got into trouble with Jake Paul and his team. As we all know, Paul was going to take out Askren in the first round.

Free from his UFC contract, Woodley began calling for a boxing match with Paul. They met in late August and Paul was able to defeat Woodley by split decision. However, Woodley had some great moments in the fight, including injuring Jake Paul on multiple occasions.

Many, including myself, thought he could have won if he had been more aggressive. Paul turned his attention to Tommy Fury and the former UFC champion kept asking for revenge. After Fury gave up Paul’s fight with an injury, Woodley got the rematch he wanted.

However, it did not go as planned. The fight went off without incident until the sixth round. Paul uncorked a huge right hook that set Woodley cold. Woodley has now lost six consecutive combat sports fights and he was put to sleep by a kid who started on the Disney Channel.

It’s hard to think of Woodley’s legacy. For one thing, you can’t take away what he accomplished in the UFC. However, this series of losses is really hard to swallow. Losing twice against Jake Paul, especially with once asleep, is really difficult. Woodley is not Anderson Silva who was actually successful in boxing.

I think he’s still a UFC Hall of Fame based on his resume, but make no mistake, Woodley doesn’t have the same respect he once did.