Tyron Woodley is considered one of the best in the UFC welterweight division, has been out of action since scoring a unanimous decision win over Demian Maia at UFC 214 pay-per-view (PPV) event last July, where he injured his shoulder.
Earlier this year, Woodley undergone successful surgery on his shoulder and currently rehabbing.
Woodley won the UFC welterweight title with a first-round knockout over Robbie Lawler back in July 2016 and since then defended the title three times between November 2016 and July 2017.
But the question is whats next for Woodley?
Woodley foresees a UFC return this July, despite that UFC is currently working on interim welterweight title fight between Rafael Dos Anjos and Colby Covington at May’s UFC 224 from Rio de Janeiro.
Outspoken Woodley reacted to this rumor title fight on this week’s episode of UFC Tonight: (Via MMAWeekly)
“I feel really good. I had surgery in December. I had two series of PRP, as well as stem cell injections to my shoulder. I have one more series in April. After that, I’ll be in training camp.
“I fought four world title fights in 12 months, if anybody deserves to heal and be back at 100 percent (it’s me). I will be back when it’s time for Tyron Woodley to be back.
“My projection is July. The doctors are telling me that. I’m feeling good about it. I’m healing up very well. I’m back to training again. After I do that third series of PRP and stem cells, I’m gonna be 100 percent. Somebody is getting hurt.”
Former Bellator and ONE Championship titleholder Ben Askren also share his sentiments on this news:
Giving an interim at WW is so ridiculous. @TWooodley only been out 8ish months and defended 4 times in 12 months prior https://t.co/hgSNMbomhA
— Funky (@Benaskren) March 22, 2018
UFC welterweight champ Woodley shares the same feeling as Askren and reacted to this situation via social media post:
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) March 22, 2018
“SMFH,” Woodley said.
As Tyron Woodley is getting better from his Shoulder Surgery, so why would you put up an interim title fight for RDA vs. Covington? Not long ago UFC president, Dana White said, Rafael Dos Anjos next in line for a title fight with ‘The Chosen One,’ so why not wait for July to book their fight.
“Everybody is gonna get it. It doesn’t matter. It’s just a matter of when. At the end of the day, every welterweight that wants to be at the top is gonna have to see me at some point,” Woodley said when asked about who is next for him.
“I could fight (Rafael Dos Anjos), I could fight Colby (Covington), I could fight (Kamaru) Usman, I could fight Darren Till. It’s a good time for the sport because I’ve got the red dot on me, but to be honest, I don’t think any of these guys want to see me. I’ve already beat the toughest guys in the division. I’m the champion for a reason. I got here the old school way,” he continued.
“They are doing what they are supposed to. They’re supposed to want to fight me. They’re supposed to want to be the UFC champion, but it’s not gonna happen.”
Do you think UFC should wait and book Woodly vs. RDA?