UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is currently rehabbing his injured shoulder didn’t finalize his next fight date but hoping to return to the Octagon at UFC 227 on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles. (Via BloodyElbow)
“I’m projected to be back Aug. 4. That’s when I want to fight. I want to fight in L.A,” Woodley said on a recent episode of MMAjunkie Radio. “I’m ready. I’ve been starting to go 100 percent on a lot of things.”
“Obviously I’m still doing rehab, still getting the strength back. But it’s not restricting me from a lot.”
Woodley’s summer return is one that has been anticipated for some time now, and it seems he’s seriously prepared to make that come to materialize. ‘The Chosen One’ isn’t particularly concerned who he faces next since he understands there is a long list of contenders waiting to lock horn with him.
“I’m not really concerned with who’s ready, who’s next,” Woodley said. “You’ve got to realize there are certain rights you deserve as a champion. When I’m ready to fight, now it’s time to fight. Whoever they got for me to fight at this time, come get this work. I don’t want to sit back and say, ‘Oh, I want to sit and wait to see what happens with this fight.’ I’m the champion. I want to fight”.
“Some of these bouts should’ve taken place anyway, maybe not with the label of interim title,” he added. “But I think at that point, you make a fight. Even if it’s somebody that’s not currently in the division. Maybe it’s Nate Diaz, maybe it’s Georges St-Pierre. Maybe it’s somebody else. But I’m also willing to fight all these other guys.”
Woodley has serious intentions to finish off all the opponents in his division and then make a jump to the middleweight division to chase another gold belt.
“I kind of want to legitimately clean the division,” Woodley said. “I wouldn’t mind fighting Rafael dos Anjos, Colby Covington, Kamaru Usman, Darren Till, and at that point, unless another prospect emerges, I’ve cleaned out the division. And I’m the greatest welterweight of all time at that point. And then it’s time to go up to 185, and I want that belt.”
“I want to finish off my division,” Woodley continued. “When it’s all said and done, I did everything I could do there. I want to go up and challenge myself once again, and I want to try to win the belt at ’85 and defend there and pretty much retire as a middleweight.”
Woodley last successfully defend his welterweight title at UFC 214 back in July where he scores a victory via decision over Demian Maia.