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Tyron Woodley: ‘Delusional Dana’ White constantly demotes me as a fighter

Tyron Woodley reacts to UFC president Dana White’s vehement denial about a possible fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 219.

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Two weeks ago, reports about a possible welterweight title fight between champion Tyron Woodley and Nate Diaz at UFC 219 began to float around. But during a media scrum on Tuesday, UFC president Dana White denied these rumors outright.

One of our attorneys here started playing matchmaker and said he has a good rapport with the Diaz brothers and he basically said, 'what if you could fight Tyron Woodley?' Me and Sean (Shelby) were like, 'How does he deserve to fight Tyron Woodley? There's a f—king list of guys that are waiting to fight Tyron Woodley and this dude's gonna fight... what are you talking about?’

So he kind of went off the reservation a little bit and started playing matchmaker. That's why you started hearing Woodley saying 'I got offered a fight with Nate Diaz' and we're like, 'No, there was never a fight.'

Woodley's been talking about, 'I need shoulder surgery. I need shoulder surgery,' and then he's like, 'I'll fight Nate Diaz' and starts calling him out and shit.' It was a nightmare. None of that was true.

A day after White’s statements came out, Woodley reached out to to give his response. For the most part, he feels he is being continuously disparaged by his promoter.

“Delusional Dana constantly demotes me as a fighter when the job is to promote his fighters, especially champions,” Woodley said. “Why would I get in camp, and why would Nate give a $15 million purse request if there was no fight?”

“It’s obvious they haven’t found their blockbuster headliner yet. This was a reality, and they know it. The inability to come to financial terms with Nate killed it.”

UFC 219 is scheduled for December 30th in Las Vegas, and will now be headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight between champion Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm.