Tyron Woodley On Fighting Demian Maia: “It Didn’t Interest Me”

Demian Maia won his most recent fight Jorge Masvidal…

He was then promised a title shot against “The Chosen One” Tyron Woodley…

But Tyron was more than hesitant about the bout…

Here’s what he said about what needs to happen before Demian Maia and Woodley step into the octagon…

“Someone needs to talk to me first. I haven’t talked with anyone, you have to talk to the champion, first,” Tyron said on The MMA Hour. “You can issue whatever challenge you want to issue out, but you have to talk to me.”

“I’m not against fighting Demian Maia. I think out of all the guys in the top 10, that are really threatening guys, whether they are knockout (artists) submission (specialists) or just their ability to be tough, I match up the best with him. I’ve fought that style so many times, trained against it. My last five fights have been against southpaws. I’ve seen it so many times,” he added.

“It didn’t interest me, it didn’t make my adrenaline pump. To be honest, neither one of those guys interested me because they are trying to build their brand, I’m trying to build my brand up and I feel my brand is further than theirs is.”

But, when it’s all said and done, Tyron Woodley says that “everyone is going to get it at the end of the day,” no matter what…

Woodley is open to stepping in against Maia, seeing as it would replace the upcoming Cody Garbrandt title fight…

But he’s said he would need to be properly compensated for fighting someone who, with all due respect, isn’t the greatest hype man for a fight…

But you never know, obviously Demian Maia gets more money if it takes place in his city, Brazil…

We’ll just have to wait and see what plays out…

“You want me to fight this guy, tell me where’s he’s marketable at, Brazil? If you offer me a fight against Demian Maia in Brazil, do not come to me for less than seven figures to show,” proclaimed Tyron.

“I am not traveling to another country, different time zone, whatever, to fight him in his own element. I’m the champion. Outside of that, International Fight Week is a good week. The fight with Jon Jones and ‘DC’ is a good week, too.”

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