Israel Adesanya has freezeed Tyron Woodley’s desire to move up a weight class and fight him.
On a recent Instagram live session, former UFC welterweight champion Woodley (19-4-1 MMA, 9-3-1 UFC) claimed that he’d like to move up to middleweight and go straight for Adesanya (19-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC).
Adesanya noted Woodley’s comments, then took to Twitter in response, referring to “The Chosen One’s” loss to fellow Nigerian-born champion Kamaru Usman, who dethroned Woodley in a one-sided decision.
“Lol see me see trouble… whala just dey find me anyhow. Wooodley can’t even deal with Usman when he was at 30%. Oboy sit down before I lash your nyash well well,” wrote Adesanya in Twitter.
Adesanya is coming off a unanimous decision win over Yoel Romero at UFC 248. Now it is expected to defend his title against Paulo Costa, with the Brazilian now fully recovered from bicep surgery.
Woodley, meanwhile, hasn’t competed since losing his title to Usman in March 2019. His scheduled return, against English contender Leon Edwards at UFC on ESPN+ 29 in London, was scrapped when the COVID-19 pandemic rendered the event untenable.