Kamaru Usman responds as Jake Paul knocks out UFC champion’s former rival Tyron Woodley

Woodley has now lost six fights in a row across MMA and boxing, with Usman handing the American the first of those defeats

Alex Pattle
Combat Sports Correspondent
Monday 20 December 2021 11:56
'I'll embarrass McGregor and all UFC Champions', says Jake Paul after boxing win

Kamaru Usman took to Twitter at the weekend to jokingly play down his role in Tyron Woodley’s losing run, which was extended on Saturday as the former UFC champion was knocked out by Jake Paul.

YouTube star Paul stopped Woodley in the sixth round of their boxing rematch, having previously outpointed his fellow American in August.

Woodley’s most recent defeat takes his losing run to six fights across mixed martial arts and boxing, with Usman having handed the 39-year-old the first of those losses.

Usman dominated Woodley to take the Missourian’s UFC welterweight title in March 2019, and the Nigerian-American still holds the belt.

Following that decision defeat, Woodley was outpointed by Gilbert Burns in May 2020, before suffering a TKO loss to rival Colby Covington five months later – injuring his rib in the fifth round after a dominant showing from his opponent.

This March, Woodley was submitted by Vicente Luque in the first round as he suffered a fourth straight loss in MMA to be cut from the UFC, giving way to his back-to-back boxing defeats by Paul, 24.

“I am not responsible for any of this!!!” Usman tweeted on Sunday, referring to his 2019 victory over Woodley.

Paul called out the welterweight champion after beating Woodley this weekend, also taunting Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal.

Paul is now 5-0 as a professional boxer, having knocked out each opponent he has faced – including Woodley’s close friend Ben Askren, a former MMA champion and UFC star.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in