Usman and Woodley get heated at UFC 235 press-conference

UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley and top contender Kamaru Usman did a good job of shifting the attention to their UFC 235 title fight with a heated war of words at today’s UFC 235 press conference.

Woodley (19-3-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) and Usman (14-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) shared a room for the first time since their March title fight was made official at today’s fan and media session, and a disdain between the two sides became highly evident.

With eight fighters on the dais, it took a few minutes for the talk between Woodley and Usman to warm up. Once the flood gates opened, though, the banter between the two tenacious athletes was hard to reel in.

“I ain’t bringing 30 percent for you,” Usman told Woodley in front of reporters, including MMAjunkie. “I have a bigger shovel out here. When it comes to digging deep, ain’t nobody who can dig as hard as I can dig. I want you to bring your best game. My shovel is so deep. This is one thing you ain’t never seen from me. I ain’t backing up. When you hit me, I’m not backing up. I’m coming. I’m coming all night long.”

In addition to comparing their fighting styles and how he believes he’s superior in every area from striking to wrestling to submissions, Woodley dismissed Usman as a competitor who is not on his level both physically and mentally.

Woodley has a “big brother” type of mentality toward Usman, and utilizing that approach in the fight is going to make the difference, he said.

“I’m your mentor,” Woodley said. “You talking back to your mentor right now. I haven’t seen a person on the roster who can do it, and you can’t do it.”

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