- Their rift was at its peak in 2018 when White accused the former welterweight champion of avoiding fights. Woodley repeatedly denied these statements, while expressing his desire to “punch Dana White in the face.”
- White continued to dig at Woodley over the next few months for the same reason. For many, it looked more like a case of a promoter throwing his fighter under the bus.
- The professional relationship between the two improved in 2020. Right after Woodley’s third straight loss in September, White advised him to retire for the sake of his long-term health.