Tyron Woodley let Jake Paul off the hook Sunday night in Cleveland and now a nation of MMA fans are lamenting an opportunity lost.
After a Woodley left hand in the fourth round sent Paul crashing into the ropes – but not down – Woodley in the post-fight press conference regretted not pouncing and following up.
Woodley catches Jake Paul 😮
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) August 30, 2021
It ended being a costly round because with no official knockdown, a 10-8 round turned into a 10-9 and ultimately, a split-decision loss.
#PaulWoodley official scorecards.
Do you agree with the judges? pic.twitter.com/EI9hGMbpIS
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) August 30, 2021
The win secured, Paul will move on to the bigger paydays that are lining up, looking for their shot.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 30, 2021
Meanwhile, Woodley is left with the the tattoo of Paul he agreed to get in the pre-fight wager. In the post-fight press conference, Paul said the tattoo is mandatory before he considers a rematch.
Of course, there will be no rematch.
The silver lining is that Woodley put in a respectable performance in his boxing debut. He will fight again.
It’s just that it could take some time for Woodley to put himself back in the position he was in Sunday night.
Woodley needs to bet on himself.