UFC President Dana White would like to have a word with Tyron Woodley and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
On September 19, Woodley and Cerrone fought in separate bouts on the UFC Vegas 11 card. Woodley fought Colby Covington in the main event, while Cerrone shared the Octagon with Niko Price in the co-headliner. Woodley suffered a TKO loss due to injury. Cerrone and Price fought to a majority draw.
White spoke to reporters following the UFC Vegas 11 action. The UFC boss expressed his belief that Woodley should consider hanging up his gloves (h/t MMAFighting.com).
“I think that he should start thinking about hanging it up. He’s had a great career, he’s had a great run. He’s made money.
“Listen, we all get older, it happens. It happens to the best of us. But Woodley’s had a good career. He’s been a champion, he’s been around here for a while, had a good run in Strikeforce too.”
White also feels the same way about Cerrone. He revealed plans to have a serious discussion with “Cowboy” about his fighting future.
“I’ve got to have this conversation and see what he says. I know what he’s going to say – ‘I don’t want to stop.’ But we’ve got to have the conversation.”
Woodley suffered a broken rib in his loss to Covington. He has now dropped three bouts in a row. At the age of 38, many believe Woodley could be done with title contention for good. It’s a far cry from when he was dominating the UFC’s welterweight division as the 170-pound champion.
As for Cerrone, he has had 53 pro MMA bouts. “Cowboy” has been involved in some wars and is known for having quick turnarounds. “Cowboy” is 37 years old and has gone 0-4-1 in his last five outings. Time will tell if Woodley and Cerrone heed White’s advice.