Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley got heated at the pre-fight press conference Thursday when a scuffle broke out that somehow put Tyron Woodley’s mother, Deborah Woodley, right in the middle of a brawl. The altercation erupted just days before Jake is set to fight the former UFC Welterweight Champion Sunday night.
Everything seemed to be going just peachy as the two stars posed for pictures. But right when the camera cut back to announcers Luke Thomas and Brian Campbell, chairs were knocked over and security surrounded Deborah to keep her safe. Jake was visibly far away from the scuffle, TMZ reports, but members of Jake Paul’s camp seem to be the ones who initiated the conflict.
Tyron screamed, demanding a “f**king apology,” and asked Jake Paul if he thought this was “a game.” Tyron was escorted out of the room following the incident.
“You know better than that,” Tyron Woodley said to Jake’s training partner, J’Leon Love, as he left. “That’s my mom. You know that ain’t cool.”
A fan can be heard in a video of the incident posted by BroBible saying, “kick his ass, Woodley!”
It remains uncertain just what went down, but it’s important to remember that “incidents” at press conferences before a fight have a history of being played up for the dramatic.
Speaking with MMA Junkie, Jake Paul said that he, of course, “didn’t want it to happen,” and that things had been very civil behind the scenes up until the press conference debacle.
“This is Women’s Equality Day,” he said. “If it was literally anything else, I’m just sitting there talking about how much I love my mom, how much I love my girlfriend, and of course, there has to be an altercation involving females. It sucks.”
“Just everything about it just looks messy,” he continued. “We’re trying to have a professional event here, and now things are more personal. Probably going to need more security at all these places. Things just aren’t cordial anymore. Tensions will definitely be higher going into this fight.”
He said that he and Tyron’s mothers have been friends since they met in Miami for the first press conference where they announced the fight. He said that he would never want to see any harm come her way.
“I think it’s more personal for me” now, Paul said. “Just seeing his team act the way they did. He probably is sitting there saying the same thing.”
“Emotions are running high and not just among the participants,” said Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza. “The reality is it’s never something we want to see and we’ll definitely take steps to make sure that it doesn’t happen on this promotion and hopefully on future promotions.”
Jake Paul has fought in three bouts for Showtime since the start of his professional boxing career, winning all three by knockout. He defeated fellow-YouTuber AnEsonGib, former NBA player Nate Robinson, and then mixed martial artist Ben Askren.
Tyron Woodley, a former UFC champion who defended his title four consecutive times, will mark Jake Paul’s fourth fight. The boxing match will be Woodley’s first official boxing match as well, though he has a 19-7 fight record from his career as a mixed martial artist. The event is scheduled to take place Sunday night at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Oh.
“One thing I don’t do is disrespect,” Tyron Woodley told ESPN after the incident. “And when disrespect comes to my mother, it’s a whole issue… When it comes to that, it will not be tolerated.”
“He crossed the line,” Tyron continued. “I’ll shake this whole f***ing room in a way you ain’t never seen. I will f***ing start hurting people.”
If the fight was calm before, it’s definitely heated now.