Tyron Woodley reacts to serious knock-out loss to Jake Paul: ‘Why did I drop my hand?’

Tyron Woodley know that one mistake in combat sports can cost you everything.

That’s the lesson he learned a lot in his mixed martial arts career. But on Saturday night, he suffered the same fate in the boxing ring after Jake Paul Drop him face to face on the painting with a devastating right arm in the sixth round of their rematch.

While he doesn’t exactly remember the brutal knockout, Woodley watched the replay afterwards and immediately realized what he had done wrong, which opened the door for Paul’s outstanding finish.

“I turned around and looked at it and I was like why did I put my hand down?” Woodley said at his post-match press conference. “I raised both hands. I know it will come. I’m ready to block.

“He overthrows it and I don’t know if he delayed it – even if he didn’t delay it – I don’t know why I dropped my hand. In this sport, just one mistake. A mistake indeed. ”

After failing in a split decision in September, Woodley pushed for a rematch with Paul but didn’t actually fight until two weeks ago, when Tommy Fury was forced out of the event due to injury and illness. disability.

Woodley jumped at the opportunity to face Paul a second time thinking he would correct his mistakes from the first fight, where his inactivity could cost him many rounds on the scorecard.

“The goal this time was to widen my punches, to work my body a little bit, to squeeze him a little bit more, to be a little more active,” explains Woodley. “I don’t want to let him go three laps ahead and start cutting the steak and then I don’t give it back, because I think I did a great job giving it back.

“It’s a chess game to try and take a shot. He’s got a few clean shots, I’ve got a couple of clean shots. But defensively, I think we both showed. we’re sharper than last time we’ve grown like warriors i really can’t tell you exactly why sometimes i feel like i’m too stressed and maybe i just fell [my hands] to just breathe and relax. “

The rematch was fairly close over five innings, although the umpires still gave Paul the lead in the knockout stages. Still, Woodley felt like he was doing the right things to get the win until disaster struck in that sixth round.

While Woodley still gives the former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt noted as the boxer who hit him the hardest of his career, he certainly pays homage to Paul for the unbelievable strength he unleashed to end his fight. they are in such dramatic fashion.

“When Jake hit me, as soon as I let go of my hand, it wasn’t like he was wrapped around my neck,” Woodley said. “When I let go of my hand, I almost came out here [by my ear] so he hit right here and it was a well-balanced shot. Anyone can lose their balance on that side. Hit me with a clean shot.

“It was the only thing that pushed me up a wall. I saw the shot and as soon as he threw it, I raised both hands to block it, and I don’t know if I could stop it, and tackled it and checked the hook. I don’t know what I will do. But I dropped that damn hand and he got over that asshole, didn’t he? ”

When Woodley spoke to the media, Paul actually joined him on stage and they embraced after sharing the ring for more than 40 minutes across two matches.

Despite some nasty back-and-forth through interviews and social media, Woodley promised it was never something personal with Paul, but just two competitors bringing out the best. for each other.

“The rivalry is competitive sportism,” says Woodley. “You want the other. I’m tired of people talking hysterically during press conferences and kissing and hugging at the end of battle. No, let’s fight. That’s what I came to do.

“I never disrespected him. He never disrespected me. He credited me, I credited him, but he was actually accused that he was going to hit me and I was actually accused that I was going to hit him. That’s what you want to see. We really have given all you want to see. ”

At 39, Woodley is at the back of his career, but two defeats to Paul won’t stop him from returning to the gym with absolute focus on getting back into combat.

Before Saturday night, Woodley predicted at least four games in 2022 across multiple fields in combat sports – and it looks like he’ll try to keep that schedule in the new year.

“I’m not done yet,” Woodley declared. “Please don’t look at me with sad eyes. Please don’t look at me shaking my head. I amused a lot of people. A lot of people had to talk about it in the dressing room. A lot of coaches have had to go back to the drawing board. So many people, in their minds, they know they know, and I saw their faces and my heart broke when I took that from them.

“At some point, you’re going to have to start respecting Jake’s name a little bit. I never really considered him as a powerful puncher. That’s what we’ve always known. That’s why my defense is so tight. If he dropped his hand on me, the same thing would happen. I couldn’t cry because the milk was spilled. I’m lucky to be here. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to fight again and show you that I am still here. “

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