Tyron Woodley Says He’s Gotten Racist Backlash Since Becoming UFC Champ
Just two months after winning the UFC welterweight championship, with a knockout of Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley isn't exactly loved by MMA fans.
During his podcast, "The Morning Wood Show", he said the reaction from fans hasn't been what he thought it would be.
"I can tell you from experience, as a champion, the last three weeks of my life have been completely the opposite of what you'd think it’d be," Woodley said. "I’ve had so many people say, 'You [expletive], you’re scared of this person’ and I’m like, I just fought an hour ago. I just got the belt. I’ve had people say 'You should be stripped of the belt' and actually it’s a month today that I won the belt."
On social media, Woodley says it was much worst. Since becoming champ, he's gotten a lot of racist comments directed toward him. "I’ve had people call me 'n*gger' and 'monkey' and all this racist stuff and I delete these people, then they’ll create another page and just go back out," he explained. "People are willing to take so many hours of their day to be so negative."
"Some people, I look at their page and all they do all day is go against African-American athletes and try to really slur them," he added.
After Lawler, it's unclear who will be next for Woodley. He's been lobbying for a fight with Nick Diaz or Georges St-Pierre, but UFC president Dana White has suggested that he would face Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson in his first title defense.