Tyron Woodley’s coach shut down Jake Paul conspiracy theorists who believe the YouTuber’s knockout punch was planned.
“That whole theory, it makes me laugh,” Din Thomas said on MMA on Sirius XM, after his client lost to Paul in a sixth-round stoppage on Dec. 19.
In the moments before Paul’s knockout punch that sent Woodley to the floor face-down, Twitter critics claimed that Paul jerked his right wrist as a signal that the punch was coming.
“Because being in his camp, I know how serious it was. It was serious, like Tyron really wanted this win back, he really wanted this fight. It was a serious thing,” Thomas said about the former UFC champion.
“Now, if it was a dive, I wish they told me about it because I would have just showed up the night of and just been partying. That wasn’t the case. I mean it was a real, legit fight.”
Thomas then revealed how Woodley felt after the loss.
“I think he went through a series of different emotions,” Thomas said. “I remember standing inside the ring as soon as it happened, and he was like ‘no, no, when do I go back out?’ He didn’t even know, right when it happened, he thought it was in between rounds and I’m sure he was probably wondering why everybody was standing inside the ring. He didn’t even know at that moment.
“When I got out of the ring, I really just sat there, just in disbelief. That is really what the beginning was disbelief, you couldn’t believe that just happened. Then when we got to the back everyone on the team was disappointed, like, ‘I can’t just believe that happened.’ ”
After his second loss to Paul in a four-month span, Woodley recalled what led to the brutal KO punch.
“I went back, and I looked at it, and I’m like, ‘Why the f–k did I drop my hand?’” he told reporters. “I had both hands up. I knew it was coming. I was ready to block the overhand. I don’t know if he delayed it — even if he didn’t delay it, I don’t know why I dropped my hand. In this sport, it only takes one mistake.”
Woodley added, “At some point you’re going to have to start putting a little respect on Jake’s name. I never really disrespected him as a power puncher, that’s something we always knew. That’s why my defense was so tight. Had he dropped his hand on me, the same sh-t would’ve happened. So I can’t cry over spilled milk.”
The former UFC star received a 60-day medical suspension following his knockout defeat by Paul, but said that he is not done fighting.
Paul, meanwhile, is now 5-0 in his pro fighting career. His first three bouts all ended in knockouts. He beat Woodley via split decision in their first contest in August.
It’s remains to be seen who Paul’s next opponent will be. Though, the YouTuber challenged Canelo Alvarez after his win over Woodley.