Tyron Woodley on UFC 260 Defeat: ‘S--t Was Going Really Well Until It Wasn’t’

By Tristen Critchfield Mar 28, 2021

It was a different version of Tyron Woodley at UFC 260, but unfortunately for the ex-welterweight champion, the end result was the same as his recent Octagon appearances.

Woodley suffered his fourth consecutive defeat in Saturday’s co-main event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, as he tapped to a brabo choke from Vicente Luque 3:56 into Round 1 of their 170-pound encounter. While his previous three losses were characterized by a lack of aggression, Woodley brought the fight to Luque at the outset and rocked his adversary with a couple of his patented overhand rights in the early going.

Ultimately it wasn’t enough, because Luque, one of the most prolific finishers in the division, made Woodley pay for his aggression.

S--t was going really well until it wasn’t,” Woodley wrote on Instagram. “My camp pushed me in ways I haven’t been pushed in a while. I committed, and swore to myself I would bring the tiger out that earned me gold. I saw the opportunity for the KO and got too excited. [Paid] a big cost. I don’t regret my aggression as that’s what God created me to do. [Vicente Luque] is a tough and humble fighter. Was an honor to share the cage with you tonight.”

The soon to be 39-year-old Missouri native faces an uncertain future. At the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White all but confirmed that Woodley’s time was done with the Las Vegas-based promotion despite sharing “Fight of the Night” honors with Luque for their efforts on Saturday.

“They came to fight. Obviously Luque is a rising star, and Woodley, who takes a lot of criticism, that kid came to fight tonight. He went out on his shield tonight, man. He came in to fight,” White said.

“How is is Tyron now, 39? That’s four in a row … yeah [he’s probably done].”

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