Rashad Evans is telling Tyron Woodley that if he keeps feuding with Dana White, ultimately, it’s going to cost him, and “Suga” says he knows from personal experience.
Since Woodley won the UFC’s welterweight title, the champ has let it be known that he doesn’t think the promotion’s treating him with the respect he deserves. That, not surprisingly, led to some exchanges with White through the media. More recently, things flared up, when Woodley claimed “talks” were on about a fight with Nate Diaz. White responded by saying Woodley is “full of sh-t”, and the latter proceeded to ask who has a track record of lying, him or the UFC President.
So, obviously, things don’t appear to be all too rosy between Woodley and White. During the latest MMA Hour, the welterweight champ reported he’s going to have a meeting with the UFC boss man, as a result. Later in that same episode, Evans offered this advice to Woodley (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I understand where he’s coming from, but he’s going to learn what I learned. It reminds me of something someone told me when I got married, they said, ‘do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?’ — because if you’re right you’re not going to be happy.
“At this point, he can’t win this because he fights for the UFC. Dana is the president of the UFC, there’s no way he can win this. Feel the way you feel, but you gotta know whenever the conversation comes up that Dana said this — don’t even address it. Don’t go down that road.”
“…I took too many years off my fighting career arguing with Dana: trying to fight Shogun, trying to get a fight with this guy, trying to do all this stuff, but at the end of the day, it didn’t matter that much. I just lost time.”
There you have it. Will Woodley and White be able to squash their issues? And if they do, will Woodley moving forward stop speaking out when he feels he’s been wronged by White? It’s hard to say.
Evans, meanwhile, has yet to be booked for another fight since he dropped a split decision to Sam Alvey last summer. The former light-heavyweight champ has lost four straight.