Tyron Woodley admits his lifestyle when he was a UFC champion was not a good one.
Woodley, who reigned through the welterweight division was buying cars, jewelry and a lot of other pointless stuff because he finally had money. Yet, now that he is no longer the champion he says he is back to the basics and not blowing his money.
“I blew through a lot of f*cking money, man,” Woodley said on ESPN’s Ariel Helwani MMA Show (via MMA Fighting). “A lot. A lot of money. And I was jewelry and VIP and all these experiences, all these things that came with the championship life. You really, when you come from where I come from, you never imagine making that type of money, you never imagine being in that type of position. You work hard for it – and I didn’t get there by accident because I was busting my ass – but nobody taught me finance. Everybody taught me 1+1 is 2. That’s math. That ain’t finance. That ain’t wealth, that ain’t investing, that ain’t saving, that ain’t tax.
“That’s basically: you made money and, f*cking, you spend it. Because when I was growing up, we spent it when it came in,” he said. “My mom’s check was already cut up, it was done before she even got it. She had to pick which utility bills was not gonna be on that, that month. And it was something that I didn’t recognize, as a kid, that it wasn’t normal. I thought everybody had to do that.
“So, when you started making money? I bought, like, seven cars and, f*cking, two houses, and all these trips, and nobody ever lifted a f*cking hand when we was at a restaurant, 10-15 people went to dinner,” he continued. “And I was going to VIP clubs and all this sh*t. Like, every other week and I just imagined making that amount of money for a very long time and they very quickly said, ‘Poof! Damn! You gonna tell me, March 3rd, that this is different? It’s not the same?’ And it’s just a lesson learned.”
Tyron Woodley will return to the Octagon at UFC London against Leon Edwards in his first fight since losing his title to Kamaru Usman.
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