However with Fury now scratched from the Dec. 18 bout, Woodley doesn’t need to hear about Hardy. Throughout a digital media day selling Woodley vs. Paul 2, which headlines a Dec. 18 pay-per-view on Showtime, he shut down a query about his U.Ok. rival.
“Why are we even speaking about Dan Hardy?” Woodley stated. “We’re speaking about Tyron Woodley and Jake Paul, the largest struggle of the yr. So let’s respect myself and respect Jake Paul, as a result of we’re those that put asses within the seats. Dan Hardy ain’t touched a face in 10 years.”
That was basically Woodley’s case when Hardy pushed for a showdown with the ex-champion by jabbing him on Twitter over the break up determination loss he suffered to Paul in August. Hardy, a free agent after an acrimonious break up with the UFC, noticed a chance as he evaluated choices for his comeback after deciding to come back out of retirement. However with a profitable rematch on the desk with Paul, Woodley pushed apart a struggle together with his former UFC colleague.
Respect hasn’t oozed from Woodley earlier than or after his showdown with Paul, although he’s by no means taken with no consideration the YouTuber’s expertise within the ring. Though he believed he gained their first assembly, he honored a wager to tattoo Paul’s identify on his physique. The timing wasn’t to Paul’s liking, and Fury entered the image shortly thereafter. However the reminder remains to be there — not that Woodley desires to speak about it.
Requested to point out off the “I really like Jake Paul” ink posted on Instagram within the weeks after the struggle, Woodley stated flatly, “No, I can not. I’ll present you the opposite finish of it, although.”
Then the ex-champ flipped off the digicam with a smile. After a beat, he reconsidered and flashed the tattoo, or at the least part of it.
This time round, the bet is $500,000 if Woodley can knock out Paul. And the YouTube star says it’s inked in — however this time, on the contract.
That’s a wager Woodley stated he’s happy to take.
Try Woodley’s full interview above.