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Tyron Woodley Returns to Ferguson After the Rioting

UFC welterweight Tyron Woodley, who grew up in Ferguson, Missouri, went back to his hometown to take a tour of the damage done to the town from the protesting and rioting that took place after it was announced that officer, Darren Wilson, would not be facing any criminal charges in the shooting death of 18-year-old Micheal Brown.

Woodley walked around with USA Today and showed them some of the areas he hung out and gave his thoughts and feelings on the tragedy. Here’s what he had to say:

“This is my city. This is specifically my city, and I’m outraged. I lived right down the street. I used to walk down here, sweep up hair, so I could get a haircut, make some extra money. This was the spot. This was the hangout spot. There was a lot of good energy here.

We didn’t have the idea that we had to get into trouble to have fun. I hate seeing it, I hate watching it. More importantly, I hate people that don’t understand the environment, how small Ferguson is, how it’s really a sense of community and, you know, it’s a good place. We shouldn’t have been looting and rioting, tearing up our own city. I’m ashamed of the people that are looting and rioting and busting holes and burning down buildings. They make it look bad for the people that are peacefully protesting.

This is terrible, this is embarrassing, you can still smell it burning. I knew the owners of this place and they were good people, good community people. You don’t believe it’s real until it’s this close to home. I’m not an emotional guy. I hardly cry at funerals. But I had to go in my closet for a second, and start praying for what have we come to as a society. Martin Luther King said ‘Let’s not make noise, let’s make a difference.’ For me to have something hit so close to home, I’m to the point where, literally, I have to do something.”

In regards to his fighting career, Tyron Woodley got back on the winning track after his loss to Rory MacDonald, by knocking out Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 48. Woodley is now expected to face The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner, Kelvin Gastelum, at UFC 183.

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