Against Saldana, an illegal knee rattled Woodson and changed the complexion of the fight, leading to a split draw at the end of three rounds. It’s a result with an asterisk next to it, just like Woodson’s only UFC loss to Julian Erosa in 2020 was a clear case of a veteran teaching some veteran tricks to a fighter on the rise. So ask the 9-1-1 Woodson what his record is, and you’ll get an interesting response.

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“When people ask me what my record is, I tell them 11-0,” he laughs. “Yeah, I know what Tapology says, but we’ve talked about that Julian fight before. At first, I was scheduled to fight Kyle Nelson, then it was Daniel Pineda. Then two days before, it was Julian. And I’m big on preparation, so that was a bunch of stuff throwing me off my game plan. But, at the end of the day, they’re all excuses. I still should have pulled it off and I damn near did, but that was a learning lesson. And still, even though I got caught in that fight, I don’t feel for one second that he was the better fighter or that I truly got beat. I still have yet to step in the Octagon and leave out of there questioning my skill or questioning my confidence or feeling like that I was bested by the better man.”

It was a similar situation with Saldana, but as Mark Coleman once said, they’re not excuses, they’re reasons.