– USA Today Sports spoke with UFC welterweight fighter Tyron Woodley backstage at UFC on Fox 10.
Woodley’s thoughts on GSP saying he took a break from fighting because of PED’s and drug-testing in MMA and the UFC: “I don’t know where that came from. I don’t think that’s a reason.”
Woodley on why he thinks GSP left: “I think he left for personal reasons. Sitting next to him at the press conference, people were digging and asking questions, and he was really making it known he didn’t want to answer. I actually felt bad for him. I’m like, ‘This guy is telling you he’s seeing things in his dreams. He’s having nightmares. He doesn’t want to talk about it.’ I think the media and (the industry) in general, I think we owe it to him to give him a chance to sit back and relax. Whatever he needs to do, I think we need to let him do that.”
Woodley is next set to fight Carlos Condit at UFC 171 in Dallas, Texas.
– Former UFC and MMA fighter Kurt Pellegrino was in attendance at UFC on Fox 10 to oversee the Octagon debut of his student, welterweight fighter George Sullivan. Here is some highlights from his interview:
Pellegrino on being at the fight card: “Just coming here, it was very weird. I told George right before he fought, ‘I bled in the same cage. Now it’s your turn.'”
Pellegrino on focusing on his coaching career: “I told everyone in my gym, 2014 is going to be the year that I’m taking over the team and coaching. I’m not going to be selfish and fight anymore. This is it.”
Pellegrino on the transition of fighting to coaching: “I had the same exact feeling when [Sullivan] just won. For three years I’ve been trying to make that [transition]. There’s no more winning. It’s there every day in front of my face, but I can’t win anymore. I felt like I just won. I think I needed that feeling. It ended a lot for me. I got rid of a lot of my demons right there. I could cry.”