Too little too late? That’s what Tyron Woodley is hoping won’t be the case, now that he’s made good on the infamous ‘tattoo bet’ attached to his recent boxing match with Jake Paul.
Woodley had hoped to leverage getting the tattoo as a condition for re-matching Paul in the ring, telling fans that he’d get the ink only, “if we get the paperwork.” Paul responded by telling Woodley that he “f-cked up” for not just getting the work done right away and letting Paul “decide from there” as to whether he wanted the rematch or not. Paul added that, because of Woodley’s hesitation he was moving on “to bigger and better things.”
If this was all a game of chicken, it seems Paul walked away the winner once again. In a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Woodley announced he had decided to get the “I love Jake Paul” tattoo that was originally part of the build up to their fight. “Yeah, I just feel like I should do it because it’s a solid thing to do,” the former welterweight champion admitted.
And in a recent post to his Instagram account, Woodley showed off his new body art.
For his part, Paul been gunning for a fight against Tommy Fury, half-brother to heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. ‘TNT’ most recently competed on the undercard of Paul vs. Woodley, winning a unanimous decision to bring his boxing record to an unbeaten 7-0. If Paul vs. Fury is the plan, however, it appears to have hit some difficulty, with Fury declining two separate bout offers to face the former Disney actor and YouTube star. Apparently Fury has been holding out for a bigger revenue share after Paul’s team offered him $1 million to take the fight.
Nakisa Bidarian, Paul’s business advisor, recently spoke to the Sun about the negotiations, noting that $1 million is “more than most UFC champions get as a guaranteed base.” However, if Fury’s going to keep asking for a larger piece of the pie, it may just be the opportunity Woodley needs to put himself back in the conversation. After all, the news already appears to have got Paul’s attention.
Jake Paul's response to Tyron Woodley getting the tattoo pic.twitter.com/qGvGNj5pyt— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) September 27, 2021