For whatever reason, Tyron Woodley does not have the fans on his side at UFC 205 in New York City.
The welterweight champion from Missouri has been booed repeatedly at each appearance during fight week ahead of his co-main event bout with Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson at Madison Square Garden.
“Go ahead, let’s make a beat to it, boo, boo boo-boo.” Woodley said as jeers rained down while he tried to answer a question at Thursday’s news conference. “Y’all going? Where y’all at? I thought y’all was booing?”
This wasn’t the first time fans have antagonized Woodley. After his open workout on Wednesday, Woodley tried to lead fans in a chant he planned to use all week. When he said the phrase, “Who got my back?” he asked fans to answer with “I got your back.” Instead, a sizable portion of the crowd trolled him, shouting “Wonderboy” in response.
Woodley didn’t break out the chant at the news conference, and it seems he’s embracing the villain role.
“Let’s make a beat to it, because that’s all I’m going to do Saturday night,” Woodley said. “I’m going to make a beat, I’m going to beat this boy like a drum, and everybody that’s booing is going stand up and be applauding at the end of the day.”
Stephens plans on a legendary night
Jeremy Stephens was the unexpected star for all the wrong reasons at the September news conference promoting UFC 205.
After the UFC veteran made an attempt to call out featherweight champion Conor McGregor, the Irishman embarrassed him, asking “Who the [expletive] is that guy?”
The clip immediately went viral and even aired on late-night shows, but Stephens is trying to put the incident behind him.
“I’m not worried about any of that, I’m focused on Nov. 12,” Stephens said. “Frankie Edgar, me vs. him, me punishing him and just me winning, me embracing this moment.”
Stephens will face Edgar, the former lightweight champion, at the UFC’s first show in New York City, and he wants to make his mark on the historic event.
“Legends have fought here,” Stephens said. “I plan on having a legendary night and having my name on one of these monumental plaques on the wall here at Madison Square Garden.”