UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley who got his shoulder fixed late last year is currently nursing, and there is no timetable for his return at this point. To remedy this situation, UFC announced that former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos face outspoken welterweight contender Colby Covington at UFC 225 for the interim welterweight championship.
Woodley last competed at UFC 214, where he picked up a unanimous victory over Demian Maia this past July. In a recent social media post, ‘The Chosen One’ sends a message to his perspective challengers who are proclaiming that he is ready to run the roster:
These #WelterWhinners don’t really want to see me. Or These Hands! I’m ready to run the roster! @ufc don’t have a fighter sign that can beat me. Sorry guys I’ll be here for a bit. Thanks @tikighosn for the work and hospitality, @hansmolenkamp for being so clutch, @monsterenergy for letting me roar, and @circlekstores for the partnership! #AndFOREVER #TeamMonster#WeOutHere
Woodley scores the title at UFC 201 with a sensational first-round knockout of Robbie Lawler in 2016. He then went on to defend the belt three times over the next 12 months. Those who are seeking a title shot at Woodley, which includes Rafael Dos Anjos, Covington, and most recently, Kelvin Gastelum.
Since his last outing, Woodley has been dealing with an injury while avidly pursuing money fights against Georges St-Pierre and Nate Diaz though nothing come to fruition.