Tyron Woodley recalled a UFC 205 moment with Conor McGregor, when both were are at the peak of their powers. It was November 12, 2016 and McGregor was on his quest to become a two-division champion. He was the featherweight champion, gunning for the lightweight belt held by Eddie Alvarez at that time. Woodley, on the other hand, featured in the co-main event, and was set to defend his belt against Stephen Thompson.
McGregor arrived at the UFC 205 pre-fight presser in a white Gucci Mink Fur Coat, Red Cashmere turtleneck sweater, Gucci floral check print bootcut pants. Woodley, was dressed in a black suit with matching shades. There was a moment during the presser when McGregor charges to attack Alvarez, and Woodley can be seen recording the same with his phone.
This is believed to have caused a bit of tension between Tyron Woodley and Conor McGregor, and there were rumors that McGregor was angling towards a fight with Woodley after his win over Alvarez. In a recent interview with Submission Radio, Woodley clarified the same, saying that McGregor wasn’t “angling anything towards him”, but was only chasing ‘clout.’
‘Angling towards clout’ – Tyron Woodley on Conor McGregor
Woodley told Submission Radio, “You haven’t heard Conor say a word about me since. So, Conor was not angling towards anything, he was angling towards clout.“
Woodley and McGregor earned success that night at UFC 205. Although Woodley couldn’t come up with a win against Thompson, he successfully defended his belt due to a majority draw. McGregor on the other hand, earned a KO win over Alvarez to become the first-ever two-division champion in the UFC.
Times have changed now, since that night at UFC 205. Woodley is now released from the UFC, and in fact, hasn’t found another promotion. Instead, he is set to make his pro-boxing debut against YouTube star Jake Paul. The fight is set to take place on the 29th of August.
McGregor, meanwhile, has slumped to new lows with back-to-back defeats for the first time in his career, both against Dustin Poirier. He is ranked number 9 in the lightweight division, and is currently nursing an ankle injury that occurred during his loss at UFC 264.