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Tyron Woodley Part 1: Conor McGregor, Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘looked like old men at the nursing home fighting

Woodley’s description of McGregor-Nurmagomedov was actually a backhanded way of complimenting Conor McGregor for building himself into transcendent stardom in the combat sports world.

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Tyron Woodley on Conor McGregor, and Khabib Nurmagomedov: To paraphrase Georges St-Pierre, when Tyron Woodley watched the main event of UFC 229, he was not impressed by the performance Of either competitor. The UFC welterweight champion worked the FOX desk on that infamous October night in Las Vegas, and he did not walk away from UFC lightweight champion and Superstar Khabib Nurmagomedov’s fourth-round submission victory over former title holder Conor McGregor impressed by the way either competitor fought.

“It wasn’t a great fight,” said Woodley, who was in town Monday promoting his Saturday night title defense against Kamaru Usman in Las Vegas. “I don’t care what anybody else said … they both kind of looked bad. They both looked like old men at the nursing home fighting each other. But then we glorified this fight. It wasn’t like this great strategic fight where one person was strategic.”

Woodley’s description of McGregor-Nurmagomedov was actually a backhanded way of complimenting Conor McGregor for building himself into transcendent stardom in the combat sports world.

Including his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather in 2017, the former UFC lightweight and featherweight champ has actually lost three of his past five bouts.

But that hasn’t stopped him from become a star to a degree never before seen in mixed martial arts.

“This is a person that, I don’t give stats and records , he’s lost a few times and won a few times,” Woodley said. “But look at his mystique he has. So it’s telling you it’s not so much about winning. It’s about the showmanship. It’s about what you bring to the table. It’s about making people give a f*ck. You gotta find a way to do both. You gotta find a way to do both of it. You’ve got to find a way to make people invested, want to see me lose, want to see me win.”

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