Woodley admitted after his last fight that he believed he has found a way to stop Paul in any rematch, and he will now get the chance to prove his claim in a second meeting
Tyron Woodley will have the chance to right the wrongs of his first fight with Jake Paul when they meet again this weekend.
The former UFC champion dropped a split decision to Paul in August after being dominated for large periods of the fight.
However Woodley will now get his chance to avenge his loss against Paul after Tommy Fury withdrew from their planned showdown.
Woodley admitted after his last outing against Paul that he had “opened up” too much with his shots which meant they did not land and deliver him the killer blow.
“My main regret was when there was certain times I clipped him and when I saw him huffing and puffing with his hands low,” Woodley said after his meeting with Paul.
“So I’m not going to say I think them shots are going to come back the next time around, but I saw a couple of shots that I know I could have landed. I think I was just like ‘don’t rush it’ because when you open up on a shot it is hard.
“When he landed a right hand it is because he didn’t show it, but when he showed it he missed it and I blocked it. I wasn’t surprised when it was kind of close but I thought it was going to be me.
“My demeanour and my emotions were that I wanted to knock him out. I had a couple of big shots I landed and other opportunities to stop the fight and I think I had him hurt and tired.
“I should have pressed him a bit more but I was trying to be a bit more smart. I had the biggest moment in the fight for sure and I said from the very beginning it would look like a fight.”
Woodley believed that he should have earned the decision on the judges scorecards despite the punch stats showing that Paul far out-landed his opponent.
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The former MMA star immediately pressed Paul at the end of the fight to agree to a rematch, having a tattoo inked in a bid to secure an immediate second meeting.
Despite Paul instead pursuing Fury and the second clash not materialising, Woodley remained working through a training camp in anticipation of Fury withdrawing.
Now the 39-year-old will get his shot at revenge in Florida on December 18 after a rematch was agreed shortly after Fury’s withdrawal with a broken rib and chest infection.
He has planned to make minor adjustments to his game plan in a bid to secure the stoppage on this occasion with a more ruthless tactical approach.
Woodley has since claimed that the one major change he worked on in camp was his “conditioning” that he believes will hand him the extra edge in a bid to derail Paul’s short boxing career.