Woodley explains the phone call with Dana that healed rift

Tyron Woodley spoke with ESPN about the criticism he received from Dana White on his performance against Demian Maia at UFC 214. Tyron set the record for the least strikes thrown in a title fight and the crowd was forced to sit back and watch him do just enough to win the fight. Dana was hot after the fight and publicly slammed Woodley for the inactivity.

There was some yelling back and forth. At the end of the conversation, I felt pretty comfortable. It ended on a positive note. Two men can talk on the phone and maybe not agree on everything, but at least respect each other.

I still feel he should apologize publicly, but I’m not going to hold my breath,” the welterweight champ said. “The conversation ended with respect and that was really my goal. Dana knows all about talking off emotion. I went a little [crazy] and was talking off emotion, too. Did I really plan on leaking stuff? Probably not. But at the time, I was mad and it sounded good.

I don’t fight safe, I fight smart. I’ve watched the fight several times and I feel the same way I did when I walked out of the cage.

What was he going to leak? I guess we’ll never know.

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