Woodley has questioned the “fishy” circumstances around the fight including Paul being “held up” by the ropes in the fourth round after his defeat to the YouTube star in Cleveland
Tyron Woodley has branded his defeat by Jake Paul “fishy” after the YouTube star was held up by the ropes during his victory over the former UFC champion.
The former MMA star was outboxed by Paul during their contest in Cleveland on Sunday night with the Paul winning via split-decision.
And in the fourth round, Paul was held up by the ropes after staggering backwards from a right-hand thrown by Woodley which knocked him off balance.
Woodley was angry that the referee did not signal a knockdown and took to social media to complain – and to question the lack of drug test.
“Thanks for all the support, really appreciate the love but let’s talk,” he posted on Instagram after the bout. “Ropes can keep you up, and no drug test?
“[The f***] they take my pee for in the back, run it back. Dave Chappelle said so, s*** seem so fishy in Cleveland. Let’s run it in St Louis.”
Paul offered Woodley a rematch after the conclusion of the contest, but was only willing to providing the 39-year-old gets the tattoo for the “bet” they agreed.
But Woodley believes that he “won” the fight and has again labelled the ropes as a central reason for his defeat.
“I’m not gonna say robbery, it was a close fight I feel like I won,” Woodley said after the fight. “Whoever said I won two rounds, I’ll beat your a**.
“Jake’s a** should have been through those ropes, but you had a rope that was made for someone like f****** Steven Strew.
“We came in this morning and my neck was on top of the rope, I believe the ropes held him up.
“I was trying to knock him through it, but it is what it is, I believe that he was more reactionary to my power than I was to his.”
Paul now faces an uncertain future, with both a rematch and a clash with light-heavyweight Tommy Fury on the cards.
But the YouTube star was delighted with his victory, labelling Woodley as a “tough” opponent.
“I don’t know what to say, but he’s a tough opponent,” Paul said. “He’s been boxing, fighting, striking for a number of years, I’ve been doing this for three years, this one was for Cleveland.
“My legs felt weird from when we walked out, I don’t know what was wrong with me. That split decision was bulls***, especially in my hometown, where’s that judge at?
“I got eight rounds under my belt, who’s doing that in their fourth pro fight? I’ve been boxing for 18 months, I haven’t been to the dentist, my teeth are crooked, my nose is crooked, I need to take some time.
“I’m only 24-years-old, I need to find out who I am, I’m changing a lot.”
The scorecards were revealed after the fight, with a controversial card handing Woodley the upper-hand of the contest.
And Paul has now claimed he has earned over $100 million from the fight despite his own investments suggesting otherwise.