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Tyron Woodley would do well to concentrate on the fight, not the fans

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Tyron Woodley has made it his business to gain the respect of the fans, throughout UFC205 fight week, however, his attempts have seemingly fallen short so far.

During the UFC’s media open workouts the welterweight champion, who is set to defend his strap against Stephen Thompson, on Saturday, attempted to buoy the crowd with a chant.

“Who’s got my back?”

It was a cringe-worthy effort, however, it was an effort nonetheless.

The majority of those in attendance made it abundantly clear that New York, is Wonderboy country. The ploy backfired on Woodley, who continued in his struggle, to make a connection with the fans, who have shunned him since he starched Robbie Lawler in July.

Six weeks ago at the initial press conference to announce and promote UFC205, Woodley was also jeered, as he answered media questions.

The lack of love continued at yesterday evening’s pre-fight press conference in the Garden’s media theater.

When asked a question, Woodley’s introduction was initially greeted with cheers, at which point the champion, looked toward Dana White, in apparent surprise. However, this was short-lived, as the boos rang out, once again, when Tyron answered his first question.

Woodley has done his utmost to sway the crowd at every turn, even inviting them to make a beat to their disapproval.

“Where y’all at? I thought you were booing?  Let’s make a beat to it because that’s all I’m going to do Saturday night, I’m going to make a beat to it, I’m going to beat this boy like a drum, and everyone who is booing will be standing up applauding at the end of the day.”

It is hard to understand why Woodley has failed in his efforts so far. The champion is approachable, accessible to the media, has branched out into movie roles to extend his potential reach to the public and has delivered wonderful content in his own Champ Camp series in the lead up to his last two fights. All of these opportunities are taken and aimed at improving his visibility.

Unfortunately, so far it has failed to click. Opposite him, Wonderboy looms as a surrogate son of New York City, due to his ties to Chris Weidman, and Serra-Longo team. The challenger has a squeaky clean image, and his happy go lucky personality combined with his flashy, exciting style has resonated with the masses. It is assumed he is the heir apparent to the welterweight throne.

One needs only cast their eye back to the UFC’s Unstoppable press conference last March, and we can see how fickle the fans can be. At that event, Daniel Cormier, whom Woodley works alongside as an analyst on Fox, was lambasted at every turn. The fans had sided with Jon Jones, despite his less than clean record and Cormier, did not know what to make of the situation.

The perception of DC changed, as the world saw his despair, after the Jones’ UFC 200 debacle. It then changed dramatically once more, as the crowd booed as Cormier coasted against Anderson Silva in the third round. The fans’ attachment to a fighter can change at the drop of a hat (unless you’re Conor McGregor) and Woodley would do well to remember this.

Instead of working tirelessly to appease the people, the champ should solely focus on solidifying his stance as the undisputed king at 170 pounds.

He is an electrifying athlete with bundles of talent and this should be the angle he uses to promote himself. Clear another elite welterweight off the path and revel in the role of the spoiler.  Eventually, the support will come.

As the man said himself, if he puts on a performance similar to the one he gave against Lawler, the applause will soon follow regardless.

Follow MMALatestNews.com for pre and post- fight content of UFC205 Alvarez vs McGregor, including updates for the weigh- in that takes place this evening at 11PM GMT.

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*WATCH* DaveNoseMMA – Aljamain Sterling Knockout Aftermath

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In this video, MMA Latest’s Dave Noseworthy shares his thoughts on Marlon Moraes’ brutal knockout of Aljamain Sterling that took place this past weekend at UFC Fresno.

Check out Dave’s thoughts below:

 

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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220

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UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)

Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:

“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.

The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.

If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.

Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.

UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.

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Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview

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Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.

LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.

Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.

Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)

The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.

In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.

Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.

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