If you aren’t a fan of what Tyron Woodley does in the ring perhaps you can admire what he does outside of the ring.
Speaking to TMZ.com Woodley shares a story of an exchange with a fan just prior to his fight at UFC 209 against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. The fan, an employee of T-Mobile Arena, emotionally explains to Woodley how his fights kept her going after her daughter passed away and how he had to keep winning not just for himself but for her and her late daughter.
“She walked up to me and said, ‘My daughter died. My daughter Aniya died.’ I was thinking about this during the fight in the 5th round when I could have just let him still my belt.
‘You helped me keep fighting when I didn’t want to fight.’
‘Tomorrow you have to go out there an fight for me, you gotta fight for my daughter that passed away.’
After that there was no way I was walking out the octagon without the victory.
Following the fight, Woodley had his team track her down so he could send her his championship belt. A beautiful gesture that likely meant the world to the fan.
Kudos to Tyron Woodley, you definitely picked up a few more fans today.