Has Tyron Woodley discovered the important thing to his brutal performances?

Tyron Woodley is at a profession crossroads. 

The previous UFC welterweight champion has not received since 2018. He misplaced his final two fights decisively in opposition to formidable high contenders in Gilbert Burns and Colby Covington. 

Woodley hopes to vary course for the higher when he faces no. 10 ranked welterweight Vicente Luque within the co-main occasion of UFC 260 on Saturday.

UFC 260’s preliminary co-main occasion was purported to function a featherweight title bout between champion Alexander Volkanovski and high contender Brian Ortega.  However after Volkanovski was pulled from the battle because of COVID-19 protocols, Woodley’s welterweight bout with Luque was promoted to the co-main occasion.

For Woodley, a former champion who has important evented and co-main evented 9 UFC occasions, the highlight is nothing new. But it surely did take him without warning.

“I didn’t even know that till [Tuesday],” Woodley mentioned. “Similar battle, similar stakes at hand for me, so I wasn’t actually too targeted on it.” 

Woodley has spoken at size about how he watched himself lose his previous three fights in opposition to Kamaru Usman, Burns, and Covington, respectively. 

Tyron Woodley believes he has overcome current roadblocks

Talking with MMAWeekly at UFC 260 media day, “The Chosen One” elaborated on how he plans to regulate his mentality to keep away from one other loss on his report. 

“Simply exercising free will, I had the possibility in every battle to win. I had the possibility to throw punches. I had the possibility to maneuver ahead. I had the possibility to be first and I had the possibility to defend. I had the possibility to be first and I selected to not for no matter motive,” Woodley mentioned. “So simply unlocking these the explanation why. I feel these are very private to me and my camp. After all, I wish to share these with you guys, however I really feel like I’ve unlocked these issues.”

Woodley additionally exhibited a little bit of reluctance in his previous few bouts. His lack of initiative in these fights solid a stark distinction to the Tyron Woodley who viciously knocked out Robbie Lawler.

Tyron Woodley knocks out Robbie Lawler at UFC 201

“The Chosen One” believes taking initiative within the battle is a key element to his success within the octagon.

“I feel I ought to try this with each battle,” Woodley mentioned. “After I do finest is after I’m first, after I take the battle to my opponent. So I feel that’s simply one thing that must be from now to the remainder of my profession.” 

So far as what a really perfect 2021 seems to be like for Woodley, he was candid.

“Simply going on the market and performing like a motherf—er in each battle,” Woodley mentioned. “Doing what I can do and exhibiting individuals what I’m able to, and reminding them of how harmful I actually am.”

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