Dana White: Tyron Woodley 'Choked in the big fight'

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

UFC president Dana White hangs choker tag on Tyron Woodley following Woodley's loss to Rory MacDonald in the co-main event of UFC 174

On Saturday night UFC president Dana White hung the choker tag around the neck of another fighter.

In the past, White has called former UFC title contenders Nate Marquardt and Kenny Florian chokers after they came up short in big fights. Following his unanimous decision loss to Rory MacDonald (17-2) in UFC 174's co-main event, White added Tyron Woodley (13-3) to that list.

Speaking to Fox Sports after the fight, White said of the man that entered the Octagon as the No. 3 ranked fighter in the UFC's 170-pound division, "He choked in the big fight tonight. He needed to come out and try to rip that head off in the third round and he didn't even do that. He threw a few punches, missed and didn't knock him out. He just sort of sat back into the way he fought the rest of the fight."

Woodley began his professional MMA career with a 10-fight winning streak, but has gone 3-3 since then. During that six fight stretch Woodley defeated Jay Hieron, Josh Koscheck and Carlos Condit. In addition to his loss to MacDonald, Woodley has dropped contests to Nate Marquardt and Jake Shields.

Prior to Woodley's fight against the No. 2 ranked MacDonald, White told UFC.com, "He's explosive and exciting, but there are question marks there."  After Saturday's loss, it seems that some of those questions had been answered for the UFC president.

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