Martin Luther King Day

UFC champion Tyron Woodley says building a more diverse audience can start with him

UFC champion Tyron Woodley says building a more diverse audience can start with him

On the week marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the late Muhammad Ali’s 75th birthday and the close of Barack Obama’s presidency, the question of widening UFC diversity was happily embraced by welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

Woodley, who retained his belt with a majority draw in November against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and will meet him in a March 4 rematch at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, said during a Los Angeles meeting with reporters Wednesday that expanding his sport’s audience is mostly “on the UFC.”

In Woodley, the organization owned by Beverly Hills talent agency WME-IMG has an ideal voice — a boldly...

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