UFC Champion, Tyron Woodley doesn’t believe fans of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fans appreciate Jiu Jitsu or wrestling.
The 170-pound champion had this to say on Demian Maia and Jiu Jitsu in the sport of MMA.
“I think for my legacy, it’s a big step but I think the fans don’t respect jiu-jitsu in our sport. It’s not me, I’m not discrediting Demian Maia at all. What I’m saying is that, our fans wanna watch these high-paced, back-and-forth, bloody, gory, punching, striking, kicking exchanges. That’s what they envision a good MMA fight being. They don’t appreciate the wrestling, the ground-and-pound. They don’t appreciate the jiu-jitsu or the exchanges and sweeps.”
Andy Gonzalez is a coach at Aces Jiu Jitsu Club. He has earned his purple belt under Professor Mikal Abdullah. Follow Andy on Twitter at @GoGoGonzilla
Andy lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Amanda and their 3 beautiful children. Andy is also the father of a Marine who is honorably serving in the United States Marine Corps.