Tyron Woodley had the mixed martial arts crowd behind him when he faced Jake Paul in August, but the former UFC welterweight champion lost a split decision.
There was a point in the fight, however, where Woodley knocked Paul out against the ropes. If they hadn’t been there to support him, the professional boxer-turned-YouTuber would almost certainly have been knocked down for the first time in his career.
Woodley didn’t really apply the pressure when he injured Paul as many had hoped, but Conor McGregor’s training partner Dillion Danis suggested Woodley was not contractually allowed to knock Paul out.
Appearing on The MMA Hour, he claimed, “Tyron Woodley, from what I heard, had in the contract that he was not allowed to take out Jake Paul.
“I swear on everything he was against the ropes, I swear, that’s why when Jake Paul was against the ropes, Tyron Woodley didn’t hit him.
“I’m telling you right now. It was in his contract where it said you weren’t allowed to knock him out.
While Woodley didn’t go after the murder as many fans expected and / or hoped, it doesn’t seem like something that could be written into a contract for a professional boxing fight.
Paul took the win and went to 4-0 with three knockouts to his name and has since dismissed claims that he inserted such clauses.
Asked about the comments, Jake told reporters: “Look, this is a bunch of losers trying to redeem themselves to grab the headlines.
“And to get reporters like you to ask that exact question and put your name in the mix so they can have a little bit of influence.”
“Having a ‘non-knockout clause’ in a contract – I’ve never heard of it.
“It’s highly illegal, I would be in jail. It’s like organizing a fight. I would be in jail if it was a real thing.
“This is nonsense, they are just bulls *** and they got exactly what they wanted, which is to have people mention their name.”
The Problem Child will officially face Tommy Fury on December 18 in Tampa, Florida.
It will be an eight-round fight at a weight of 192 pounds, as the YouTuber and the former Love Island star go head-to-head.
And John Fury has already insisted that his son Tommy would rather die than accept any stipulation that could see him lose to Paul.
“All kinds of stuff in the contract,” Fury told YouTube star Rob Moore. “You have to do this and you have to do that.
“I could go into it more and more, but I don’t want to bore people with politics.
“They wouldn’t sign up for the VADA tests either. It bothered me a bit because I wanted this in the contract, but they didn’t want to do it.
“I don’t even mind, because of what they’re going to do, they’re going to do it anyway. We just want the fight because we know we can win it.
“People think Tommy is paid to lose, they’re joking. A Fury would rather be put to death than go down this road.