What type of fighter is Tyron Woodley? Is Tyron Woodley a boxer? Fighting profile revealed ahead of Jake Paul boxing match

Joshua Rogers June 1, 2021

What type of fighter is Tyron Woodley? Is Tyron Woodley a boxer or a striker? The former UFC welterweight champion’s fighting profile explored ahead of his boxing match with Jake Paul, and whether he’s retired from the UFC.

This week, it was reported that Jake Paul’s first fight with Showtime will be against UFC veteran Tyron Woodley.

The match will be set as a 190-pound catchweight fight, with a current target date of Saturday, 28 August on Showtime PPV.

Ahead of the fight, fans want to know what type of fighter Tyron Woodley is, if he’s a boxer or striker, and whether he’s retired from the UFC.

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His MMA record and bio

  • Nationality: American
  • Born: 17/04/1982
  • Height: 5′ 9″
  • Reach: 74 inches
  • Total fights: 27
  • Record: 19-7-1

What type of fighter is Tyron Woodley

Tyron Woodley comes from a wrestling background, first competing in high school.

Woodley won the Missouri 4A Men’s State Championship in 2000 in the 160lb weight class.

After graduating from McCluer High School in 2000, Woodley attended University of Missouri and joined their wrestling programme. There, he became a two-time All-American; once in 2003 and again in 2005.

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Is Tyron Woodley a striker?

Although a wrestler, Woodley developed his striking skills throughout his time in the UFC.

Boasting a TKO record of 7-2, he has stopped the likes of Robbie Lawler and Josh Koscheck within one round.

During his run in the welterweight division, Woodley was known as a fighter with explosive power. That, combined with his elite ground game, ultimately enabled him to become the champion at 170lbs.

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Is Tyron Woodley a boxer?

Tyron Woodley isn’t especially known for his boxing skills and has no professional boxing record to speak of.

The 39-year old, however, is a former welterweight champion in the UFC, and therefore represents a dangerous opponent for Jake Paul.

Ahead of his fight with Jake Paul on 28 August, Woodley is expected to have a full boxing training camp where he will hone his skills.

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Is Tyron Woodley still in the UFC?

Heading into the Jake Paul fight, Tyron Woodley is on a run of four consecutive defeats in the UFC.

The former welterweight champion has suffered defeats to Kamaru Usman, Colby Covington, Gilbert Burns, and Vicente Luque, and has looked a shadow of his former self in many of the contests.

Woodley seems to have struggled to get over his loss to Usman, after he was mauled by the Nigerian for the entirety of the fight.

The American has lacked urgency in his recent losses, displaying a hesitancy and reluctancy to engage with his opponents.

He’ll no doubt hope to rediscover his hunger when he steps into the ring with Jake Paul.

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Is Tyron Woodley retired?

In April, UFC fans were stunned after it was revealed Tyron Woodley wasn’t a part of the official UFC welterweight rankings. After his defeat to Vicente Luque at UFC 260, Woodley fell out of the top ten list.

After the fight, UFC president Dana White suggested Woodley should retire.

However, Woodley has yet to officially announce his retirement from the UFC

Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.