Some people referred to Tyron Woodley as “The Chosen One.” But he just told MMA Junkie that his new nickname is “The Realest.”
“Jon Jones is probably the best fighter we’ve ever seen, no matter what he did… he is fighting the best fighter. Demetrious Johnson, I think, is the most well-rounded fighter we’ve ever seen. But he didn’t get the credit.
“So it shows you that it’s not about being well-rounded and a great fighter. It’s about what you mean and what you imprinted and what you left behind. Like, I switched my name from ‘The Chosen One’ to ‘The Realest,’ ‘cause you can never say I buckled. You can never say I folded. You can never say I went with the grain when I knew I was not right to go with the grain.
“I always stood up for what I believed in, I got a lot of criticism for it when I did. But once people got into that same seat, then now you see Francis Ngannou saying, ‘Oh the UFC…’ But before then, everybody was like hunky dory because they feel like you gotta kiss the ass to get what you need to get.
“I was just original,” he continued. “And I feel like I was the realest in the sport.”
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