Former UFC welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Tyron Woodley made their AEW debuts on Dynamite this week.
Woodley, making his first actual transfer since being knocked out by Jake Paul in November of final 12 months, was sitting within the entrance row with Hughes as Wardlow dismantled 20 safety guards.
American High Group proprietor Dan Lambert ordered Woodley and Hughes – two males who skilled at ATT – to get within the ring and take out Wardlow because the surging babyface was concentrating on TNT champion Scorpio Sky, a person managed by Lambert.
As soon as Woodley and Hughes hopped within the ring, Wardlow obtained on the microphone and satisfied the St. Louis natives – which can also be the place the present was being held – to not take orders from Lambert.
Woodley then fed ‘Good’ Mark Sterling into Wardlow for the powerbomb. The three males raised every others arms after as the group cheered.
Woodley retired from MMA in March 2021 after shedding his final 4 fights in a row within the UFC.
He then fought Paul twice in a boxing ring, first shedding on factors after which through a vicious knockout within the rematch.
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Paul has remained very vocal about wanting UFC fighters to get higher pay however, simply earlier this week, Woodley shot down Paul being the voice for UFC fighters.
He stated: “I imagine that Jake Paul isn’t the f***ing ambassador [for fighter pay]. For those who’ve by no means been underpaid, it is best to by no means be the spokesperson for underpaid athletes.
“For those who’ve by no means had adversity, in the event you’ve by no means been signed to a promoter that controls your fights, and if you fought and the way usually you fought, and been threatened in the event you don’t battle – I obtained threatened all my final title fights, ‘For those who don’t battle, we’re stripping you of the belt’. ‘For those who don’t battle, we’re kicking you out’, each time, Darren Until battle, Usman battle, ‘Wonderboy’ battle. Nevertheless it’s the enterprise.”
Paul’s enterprise accomplice, Nakisa Bidarian, previously held an govt place throughout the UFC and Woodley believes he ought to be the one shining mild on the pay downside.
He added: “That is the factor: It’s extra of a kudos to Nakisa for being keen to reveal what he appears like ought to change. He’s (Paul) not the ambassador for fighter pay, I ought to be the f***ing ambassador for fighter pay. What he’s doing is attempting to be a hero.”
Woodley efficiently defended his welterweight title 4 occasions throughout a two 12 months interval. Hughes defended his title seven occasions total and is taken into account one of many pioneers for the division.
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