Can Tyron Woodley’s UFC striking power translate in…

Can Tyron Woodley's UFC striking power translate in...

Previous UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will confront YouTube star Jake Paul in an eight-round boxing match on Sunday at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. The session, alongside four undercard battles, will be broadcast via Showtime pay-per-see starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Woodley, who is 39 years of age, will be battling in the first proficient bout of his vocation. He was cut from the UFC following his fourth back to back misfortune in March of 2021 and said he currently anticipates “boxing numerous battles.”

“This is a chance for me to run into the boxing path, yet additionally I’m getting ready as needs be,” Woodley told ESPN. “I’m getting ready in case I was battling Canelo (Alvarez). I’m preparing like that at this moment.”

In spite of saying he has “in every case truly been a fighter in a grappler’s body,” Woodley doesn’t have a background in boxing. He was a NCAA Division I grappler at Missouri, turning into a double cross All-American and Big 12 hero in that range.

Notwithstanding, Woodley has worked with Eric Brown, who has been a pillar at incredible mentor Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles for a very long time and trained heroes like Manny Pacquiao and James Toney, since 2008. Brown aided Woodley record 10 knockdowns during his UFC vocation, tied for the third-most in welterweight history in spite of showing up in just 16 battles, and five knockout/TKO triumphs.

Matt Brown 12
Thiago Alves 8
Vicente Luque 8
Li Jingliang 7
Matt Hughes 6
Robbie Lawler 6
Anthony Johnson 6
Jake Ellenberger 6
Jorge Masvidal 6
Tyron Woodley 5

Can Woodley put an end to Paul’s rise in combat sports? Here’s a closer look at how he has prepared for this fight.

Knockout power

Though he is yet to appear in a boxing match, Woodley has unquestioned power that will be more threatening than Paul’s previous opponents (YouTuber AnEsonGib, former NBA player Nate Robinson and former UFC fighter Ben Askren).

Woodley has a knockout record of 7-2 and a pair of one-punch victories. He won the UFC welterweight title by flooring former champion Robbie Lawler with a right hook in July of 2016 and used a perfectly-placed right hand to knock out Josh Koscheck in November 2013.

It is this power that Woodley will look to bring to the ring on Sunday night, where he will have to adjust to 10-ounce, fully-wrapped gloves versus four-ounce gloves from the UFC.

He trained with Floyd Mayweather

Alongside Brown, Woodley utilized the administrations of Floyd Mayweather Jr., seemingly the best pound-for-pound fighter ever, to assist him with getting ready to battle Paul.

On June 6, Mayweather battled Paul’s more established sibling, Jake Paul, in a display match at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Mayweather said before that session he would assist with preparing Woodley, and that occurred in July, as proven by Woodley’s Instagram account.

“I’ve been amigos with Floyd for some time,” Woodley said to ESPN. “You folks can return and look —  I was really expected to prepare Floyd for the MMA, yet clearly, everyone seen what occurred with Logan and his battle and him and Jake, the cooperation they had when they were out in Miami. Also, truth be told, I figure he would have helped me in any case. Yet, I think he took somewhat more contributed interest to help me, not only for the Instagram, not for a couple ‘1-2’ to a great extent. He said, ‘No, we’re submitted, me and my group, behind you.'”

Woodley additionally supposedly looked for preparing from previous super middleweight and light heavyweight champion Andre Ward, however, it is hazy if that occurred.

Jake Paul doesn’t see Woodley as a threat

There is no question that Woodley is the most refined contender that Paul has confronted. Yet, notwithstanding, he isn’t being treated as a genuine danger.

Paul has anticipated he will take out Woodley and told MMAJunkie  he is “uncovering the UFC a bit with their striking abilities.” Paul took out Askren in his most recent battle, however, Askren was more prestigious as a grappler and showed up in the UFC for only three battles, losing two of them.

“Fighters are more effective, more exact, more traditionalist with their energy, scoring focuses,” Paul said in that interview. “It’s simply a totally unique ballgame, and a many individuals don’t actually get that. They simply fully trust it, which is, ‘This is a battle.’ It’s not that. He’s coming into my region, and as insane as it sounds, I’m a greatly improved fighter than him – despite the fact that he’s been doing it for multiple times as long.”

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