Tyron Woodley believes that UFC president Dana White is still playing the negotiation game with the former featherweight queen Cris Cyborg.
This comes in the wake of the promotion seemingly cutting ties with Justino last week after a string of public jabs thrown between White and the fighter – something that culminated in a rather bizarre case of video doctoring.
According to Tyron Woodley, who has had his fair share of run-ins with the boss in the past, all of this will likely result in Cris signing a multi-fight deal with the UFC once again.
Speaking during a recent appearance on the TMZ show The Hollywood Beatdown, Woodley explained why he thinks Cyborg won’t stray too far from the UFC and why Dana, who is amongst the most astute businessmen in combat sports, will allow bygones to be bygones if the money is right.
Making a fight as potentially huge as Nunes vs. Cyborg II, in Tyron’s estimation, may well sway him to resign the Brazilian despite telling the world that the UFC were ‘out of the Cyborg business’.
“I don’t think it’s over. Cyborg is too big of a name. There’s too much money in Cyborg. Cyborg was the greatest female fighter ever until Amanda Nunes figured her out.
“Dana White is a businessman. I think she [Cyborg] should do what she’s doing now, wait it out. Dana is going to come back. He’s not going to give her what she asked for the last time but he’ll give her more than what he said the last time. They’ll get a new contract, put her on an eight-fight deal.’
As always, the problem with having a champion as supremely dominant as Nunes is that after a while, finding a credible opponent for her will become an issue.
And while she quickly dispatched of Cyborg in their UFC 232 co-main event, it was clear that Cris was as surprised as the rest of us when she felt the speed and power of The Lioness.
Whether things play out differently the second time around is anyone’s guess.
According to the former welterweight king Tyron Woodley, though, we won’t have to wait too long to find out.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena