And it ended with a bang.
After a lackluster first half of the fight, “The Problem Child” knocked out Woodley with an overhand right in the sixth round. The match took place on December 18, 2021, broadcasting live from the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
Watch the KO below:
With the victory, Paul improved his undefeated professional boxing record to 5-0. Besides “The Chosen One,” Paul also holds a commanding victory over another former champion, ex-Bellator and ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren.
And on the other end, Woodley is now 0-2 as a professional boxer. He has shared on several occasions that he plans to fight several times in 2022, however it’s unclear how this KO loss will affect his fighting future. He’s now 0-6 in MMA and boxing in his last six fights and at 39 years old, Woodley is in a tough spot from a competitive and marketability standpoint. He has, however, said that he plans to fight again despite his second defeat to Paul.
Here are some of the top reactions to the fight from the UFC world.
Ariel Helwani tweeted: “That was legit scary for Woodley. He was down for a while. And even when he stood up he was out of it. And then his corner told him what happened and he kept saying ‘no, no, no.’ Had no idea. Pure insanity. What a shot.”
Former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier tweeted: “O my god!!!!!!”
Women’s boxing great Claressa Shields tweeted: “Man this mf so lucky!!!!!! Literally swung a right hand with his eyes closed.”
Former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson tweeted: “FACK!!”
Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg tweeted: “Prayers @TWooodley you’re a legend in the sport of MMA and I pray you’re safe.”
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Top-ranked UFC 185 pounder Derek Brunson tweeted: “FEED ME JAKE PAUL !”
He continued: “@danawhite @ufc I quit. Jake Paul needs some act right!”
UFC middleweight contender Kevin Holland tweeted: “Back to rapping Twood go. Dang man.”
UFC featherweight Billy Quarantillo tweeted: “Wow… that fight was terrible but that one punch knockout was legit.”
Retired fighter turned analyst Alan Jouban tweeted: “Wow….”
“Woodley kept trying to perry the body punches all night and bit one too many times!” Jouban continued.
“Morning Kombat” co-host Luke Thomas wrote: “Paul faked like he was going to the body, tried again and this time looped over a right hand. Donezo.”
“Morning Kombat” co-host Brian Campbell tweeted: “Heck of a way for Jake Paul to finish off the fight and rivalry with Tyron Woodley.”
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ESPN’s Brett Okamoto tweeted: “Can’t hate on a single thing Jake Paul is doing. At all. Ride it til the wheels fall off Problem Child. You’ve got everyone’s attention.”
Responding to Claressa Shields’ tweet, ESPN’s Mike Coppinger wrote: “There’s no such thing as luck when it comes to a KO shot like that. Woodley shouldn’t have dropped his hand. People said the same thing when Tarver KOed Jones and when JMM KOed Manny.