Tyron Woodley Reveals Injury That Forced Him Out Requires TUE
Tyron Woodley was forced to withdraw from his upcoming rematch with Robbie Lawler due to a hand injury. However, he has explained that the injury may be more severe than originally thought.
Woodley spoke to TMZ to discuss the injury. According to the interview, it turns out the injury to his hands stems from chronic arthritis. This could require additional clearing for him to return to action.
“I have chronic arthritis in my joint right here. There’s three joints that enable me to grab and grip. One has chronic arthritis and this one has severe arthritis. There’s a few different ways to heal and fix the problem permanently but it’s something you wouldn’t do if you were still active, because it limits your range of motion and grip. The temporary fix is to rehab it, get it stronger, get the flexibility to start to grab and grip, then 10 days before the fight let’s try to do a cortisone shot. I have the UFC checking on cities and states that allow you to have cortisone shots.”
As Woodley alludes to, he will need a cortisone shot ten days out from a fight. However, in order to do that, he will need to find an athletic commission to clear him for a Therapeutic Use Exemption. This could be cleared up ahead of time, however he could potentially be required to compete out of the country. In overseas bouts, the UFC regulates themselves, so they can allow that to happen.
Tyron Woodley states in the interview that he is looking to return to action in August. Hopefully he can heal up and be ready to go by then.