Tyron Woodley set for UK boxing fight after missing out on Jake Paul rematch

Tyron Woodley's next boxing match will not be against Jake Paul, and will take place in the UK early next year.

Woodley, a former UFC welterweight champion, will instead face former title contender Dan Hardy, who is returning to competition almost a decade after his last MMA fight.

The Brit has claimed that he has signed his contract to face Woodley, and says he is just waiting on the American to put pen to paper on a deal after the pair negotiated terms.

Woodley has been angling for a rematch with Paul since taking him to a split decision back in August, but the YouTube star has moved on to face unbeaten boxer and Love Island star Tommy Fury.

Hardy has been out of action for nine years, with a number of factors including an inability to be medically cleared in certain US states playing a part in his time out of the octagon.

“My contract is signed," Hardy told Submission Radio.

"I know that he’s got a contract sitting in front of him, and the deadline is approaching, and he doesn’t want to sign it, and I don’t know why."

Hardy claims that the deal is all but done, and is simply awaiting a signature from Woodley.

And he even mocked the former UFC champion's nickname 'the chosen one', instead calling him 'the frozen one' as their deal appears to have come to a standstill.

"I don’t know what the deal is because terms have been agreed, money’s been agreed, date’s been agreed, rules and conditions, weight class – everything’s been agreed, but he hasn’t yet signed the contract.

"So you tell me. Tyron Woodley, why have you not signed it, the frozen one?”

Woodley was told by Jake Paul that to be considered for a rematch, he would have to get "I love Jake Paul' tattooed on a prominent part of his body.

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And while he did end up getting inked, he got his middle finger done, which wasn't deemed appropriate to earn a rematch.

Hardy claims that Woodley will earn "more money than he's getting anywhere else", which will likely still be a considerable drop from his $2million payday that he received for facing Paul, before PPV bonuses.

“It’s a new promotion, but it’ll be the first quarter of next year in the UK," Hardy continued.

"That’s the plan, that’s the deal and the money they offered him is good, and they agreed to it.

"I know it’s more than he’s getting anywhere else as well. That’s a fact.

"So he needs to strap on a pair and sign the contract so we can get this done.”

Woodley proved his ability as a pay-per-view draw in his fight with Paul, garnering 500,000 sales for his outing in Ohio earlier this year on Showtime PPV.

It was less than projected, but still one of the highest-selling boxing events of the year, outdrawing the likes of Gervonta Davis and Evander Holyfield's comeback fight with Vitor Belfort.

With both fighters at age 39, the bout would be Dan Hardy's boxing debut and Woodley's sophomore outing.

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