UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has become a dominant force within the world of mixed martial arts. That being said, the fighter has seemingly had some issues connecting with fans.
Speaking to ESPN, Woodley’s longtime coach Din Thomas has now come forward to discuss the matter.
“This is something we’ve been talking about working on for a couple years. Since he became champion, he thought it was going to be different. At the end of the day, he really thought it was going to be different. You become champion, best in the world, and you think you’re going to get this adulation from the community and the world — and for him, it seemed to get worse. It really frustrated him. He thought everybody was going to appreciate him, and it was like, people hated him.
“He’s realized that being frustrated and sending that type of energy back wasn’t helping. So we’ve said, ‘Let’s just focus on what we’re here for and that’s winning.” We can’t afford to lose, because we know what people are saying now. Imagine if we lost. So let’s not waste energy on complaining and just get the job done.”