Coach Din Thomas On Why He Promoted Tyron Woodley To Black Belt in the Octagon

Coach Din Thomas On Why He Promoted Tyron Woodley To Black Belt in the Octagon

Tyron Woodley’s dramatic win over Darren Till at UFC 228 on two weeks ago was made a little bit more special by the fact that he also got promoted to black belt in BJJ by UFC vet Din Thomas.

Woodley battered Till on the ground and submitted him with a D’Arce choke. After his submission win, Woodley was awarded his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt by Thomas, who is himself a BJJ black belt under former ATT head coach Ricardo Liborio.

Woodley went through all the BJJ belts through Liborio and Thomas.

He has also trained with Marcelo Garcia:

UFC Champ Tyron Woodley Grapples with BJJ Legend Marcelo Garcia

This was not the first BJJ promotion in the ring. Remember:

Conor McGregor Promoted To BJJ Brown Belt After KO Win Over Poirier

The legendary Ricardo Liborio approves:

What a great picture !
So well deserved 🙏🙌


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What a great picture ! So well deserved 🙏🙌 @twooodley

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Din Thomas, a 3rd degree black belt, talks about why he decided to promote Woodley to black belt.

“Tyron Woodley has been training Jiu-Jitsu for 12 years. He does wear the Gi and he runs a BJJ program in his academy.”

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