Video: Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley talks his hand injury, timetable for his return to the cage, Masvidal knocking out his friend Askren, the welterweight division and more https://t.co/3nUEywRRqv pic.twitter.com/Hu4yUN3lZ1— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) July 11, 2019
At UFC 239, Tyron Woodley’s close friend and training partner, Ben Askren, was knocked out in five seconds by Jorge Masvidal. It may have been tough to see for the former welterweight champion, but he expects "Funky" to come back better than ever.
"I think it's gonna take him having to feel a little bit bad, a little bit looking at the mirror like, 'Damn, that sh*t is reality.' Whatever lesson he gets from it, I think it will make him a better man, a better fighter," Woodley said to ESPN as transcribed by MMA Fighting.
Askren's loss, while uncomfortable for his teammate to watch, somewhat clears up the welterweight title picture, especially with Colby Covington fighting Robbie Lawler in early August. But, "The Chosen One" thinks that fight is 'weird,' but makes people think of who will be fighting for the title next.
"I think the fact that he's injured, the fact that people are getting tired of Colby sitting around - he hasn’t fought since June of last year and he’s trying to call his shots from a sh*t camera phone," he said. "Think it's real important that people get a moment to sit back and think."
Although Woodley has not gotten a win since he lost to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235, he believes his run when he was the champion makes him deserve a rematch. And, he points to other champions who got title fights or rematches after they lost.
"Tyron beat all the best welterweights, in their prime, the number one contenders, defended his title four times, took out Robbie Lawler in a fraction of a second - which is historical - and he loses a fight, has a bad night," Woodley explained. "I think if anybody else Joanna [Jedrzejczyk], Cody Garbrandt, Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, anybody else, you see them in the title picture really quickly, so . . . The fans are kind speaking for me though."