Woodley (19-4-1 MMA, 9-3-1 UFC) discussed his plans of clearing out the welterweight division, and eventually moving up to face UFC middleweight champion Adesanya.
But during that discussion, he made sure to throw some jabs at the champion, claiming he’s scared of guys with power, referring to his fight with Yoel Romero.
Adesanya (19-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) fired back, taking aim at Woodley’s performance against Kamaru Usman, in which he lost the welterweight title.
Speaking during “The Hollywood Beatdown” segment on TMZ, Woodley claimed that Adesanya has taken his callout way too personally as the beef continues to brew.
“If you want to be one of the best fighters on earth, you have to fight the best – and many fighters have bumped up weight classes, dropped down weight classes and shuffled around to prove that they’re the baddest men alive,” Woodley said. “They’ve done it in boxing, they’ve done it in mixed martial arts. You see the theme that fighters are trying to attack – that double belt in the UFC. So of course.
“I think he took it personal. He’s really sensitive, and when somebody starts to get in their feelings – I had the same situation with Robbie Lawler. He got in his feelings. That means there’s a little (expletive) in the blood, and now I want to test it out.”