Edwards On Woodley: ‘I Think The Man Is Just Lost’
One of the top fighters in the welterweight division, Leon Edwards does not understand what is going on with Tyron Woodley.
Edwards (18-3) and Woodley (19-4-1) were supposed to face off against one another on March 21 at UFC London. Due to the coronavirus, however, the event was moved to the United States. As a result of travel restrictions, Edwards had to withdraw from the event. It was then postponed along with two other events.
Woodley has since been focusing his attention on fighters in and out of the division like Colby Covington, Israel Adesanya, Nate Diaz and Kamaru Usman. Edwards told MMA Fighting he finds Woodley’s behavior very unusual.
“Since the fight has been postponed, he hasn’t mentioned my name one bit, which I find very strange,” Edwards stated”. If I had a fight with a man who I said had lit a fire under me…and you said what you were going to do to me, I would be pushing for that fight to happen. But like I said, since the fight has been canceled he hasn’t once mentioned my name. He’s calling out lightweights…even the middleweight champion he’s calling out – I think the man is just lost.”
Edwards is on an eight-fight win streak dating back to 2016. He fought twice in 2019, beating Gunnar Nelson in March via split decision and Rafael dos Anjos in July via unanimous decision. Ranked fourth in the UFC’s welterweight division rankings, Edwards could be close to a title shot if he beats the former UFC Welterweight Champion in Woodley, who hasn’t fought since losing to Usman for the title at UFC 235 in March 2019.
With Woodley calling out fighters with big resumes, Edwards believes he is just trying to take advantage of their name.
“He’s saying everyone is clout chasing, but I think he’s one of the biggest clout chasers,” Edwards continued. “He’s going out and calling out the middleweight champion, Izzy, and just calling for other random fights – it seems to me that’s a clout chaser. He’s chasing around other peoples’ clout by trying to get a fight with them, he’s trying to use their name to build his name. I think he’s lost; he just doesn’t know where he stands now or what he wants to do.”
Woodley has since responded to Edwards’ claims, stating he is looking for better competition.
Can he come to the US🧐? No! I'm calling out champions, harder match ups and people who are ranked higher. 🙄 why would I call him out? He was always a stepping stone to the throne. End of story https://t.co/b7YJePDEaW
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) April 29, 2020
As of now, Edwards has not been offered a fight with Woodley again, even with “Fight Island” in play. Could the UFC bring this fight back, or is it too far gone now that Woodley is focusing his attention elsewhere?