- Tyron Woodley issued a warning recently to August 29 boxing opponent Jake Paul.
- The former UFC champ wants to “provide violence and maximum damage.”
- Paul, unfazed, said earlier this month he’ll KO Woodley.
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The American welterweight has fought a who’s who of big-name athletes in the UFC Octagon including Rory MacDonald, Robbie Lawler, Stephen Thompson, Damian Maia, and Darren Till.
Since 2019, though, he’s endured a four-fight skid, banking losses against Kamaru Usman, Gilbert Burns, Colby Covington, and Vicente Luque.
At 39 years old, Woodley appears to be using that losing run as motivation for his August 29 bout at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.
“From now on, there’s no point of me going out there and just winning any more,” he told MMA Fighting on Tuesday.
“My whole goal is to go out there and f—— provide violence and damage and win in a fashion where it looks like me and then everybody else.”
He later added: “I’m not underestimating Jake. Jake’s a good fighter. It’s going to look like a fight, I promise you that.
“It will not look like a UFC fighter picking on a YouTuber. He can fight, and he can box, and it will look like a fight.”
A novice boxer with three knockout wins in three fights to date, Paul is building an extraordinary name for himself in combat sport.
This isn’t just because he’s finishing a variety of inexperienced opponents in pugilism, but because of his ability to switch from being a combat sports troll, to a spokesperson highlighting the issue of fighter pay in the UFC, to one who lauds women’s boxing.
Amanda Serrano, for example, is one of the pound-for-pound greats of the fight game, and Paul has signed her to compete at the Ohio event.
“I’m thrilled to have Amanda Serrano on this card,” Paul said, in a statement sent to Insider. “She stands out as the most prolific KO artist in women’s boxing. What a night this is going to be!”
He called Woodley the “biggest challenge” of his career to date, and said he’s delighted it’s taking place in his hometown.
“The world [is going] to see me knock out a UFC champion.”