They had their bout of trash talk before the fight, but Kamaru Usman and Tyron Woodley were nothing but respectful towards one another after the conclusion of their title fight at UFC 235, which saw ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ dominate ‘T-Wood’ in the co-main event to win the welterweight title.
Usman was very emotional after the fight, and the newly-crowned welterweight champion shared an intimate moment with Woodley’s mom backstage.
The 31-year-old started crying when he hugged Mrs. Woodley and, although no words were exchanged, Usman appeared to be apologizing for winning the fight.
Woodley’s mom, real name Deborah Woodley, reassured Usman that it was his time to shine on Saturday.
“It’s all good, honey. Bless your heart. It’s all good,” Mrs. Woodley said to Usman. “It’s your turn. It ain’t his turn. It’s your time. Be encouraged, you hear me? And keep on working, cause they gonna come for you. And you take it to ‘em. It’s all good.”
Check out the video below, taken from UFC’s ‘The Thrill and the Agony’ feature (timestamp 2:59).
With the win Usman, winner of The Ultimate Fighter 21, stormed into the UFC’s top-ten pound-for-pound rankings.
It’s expected that the Hard Knocks 365 protege will go on to defend his newly-acquired title against Colby Covington, who he got into a heated post-fight scuffle with at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.