Tyron Woodley was most definitely second fiddle in Sunday night’s bout with celebrity boxer Jake Paul, and Paul was awarded a victory via split decision.
Woodley was an underdog heading into the bout, as he was -190 while Paul was +160. Woodley put forth a solid outing though and nearly pulled off the upset against the cocky Paul, who is now 4-0 in his short boxing career. Woodley landed the hardest shot of the fight when he almost sent Paul through the ropes in the fourth round.
You could see the disappointment when Paul’s name was announced as the winner of the bout, so a rematch would undoubtedly be a big draw.
“It’s done. We’re doing the rematch,” Woodley said.
“I have to get that win. It was too close. This is a movie, ain’t nobody going to push the needle like me and him did. We sold the s— out of this pay-per-view. I think everyone was excited about it. He was tough. He was fatigued in the fight, and he found a way to keep pushing through. I can never knock him for that, but we have to run it back.”
If nothing else, now people who normally don’t have an interest in the sport might just tune in and watch if they think the bout will be close.
“I feel like I won that fight,” Woodley said in his post-fight press conference.
“I feel like I landed the power shots. I feel like even when he landed a shot, I f—ing brushed it off and I cracked him. I was in his face. I was in his s—.
“His back was against the ropes the entire time. I walked him down. I could have been a little more assertive. I was being patient. I was sitting on my shots. He got an overhand right. He threw a lot and missed a lot. I blocked a lot (of Paul’s punches). I feel great in my conditioning. I felt f—ing amazing, cardio-wise. My body felt good even when he landed a hard shot.
“I felt like I had him. One time I almost knocked him through the ropes.”
The odds for Jake Paul's next opponent:
Tyron Woodley 3/2
Tommy Fury 2/1
Conor McGregor 8/1
Dillon Danis 8/1
Jorge Masvidal 9/1
Anderson Silva 12/1
Nate Diaz 12/1
Oscar De La Hoya 16/1
Floyd Mayweather 20/1
Vitor Belfort 20/1
Nick Diaz 22/1
Dana White 50/1
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) August 30, 2021
We shall see if Woodley gets his wish and one of these bouts come to fruition.