UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has confirmed he has suffered a hand injury that will require surgery, which will make him ineligible for the UFC 230 main event slot at Madison Square Garden, New York on the 3rd November.
Woodley defeated highly touted challenger, Darren Till on September 8th to successfully defend his welterweight title with a second-round submission victory at UFC 228. It has since been rumoured that he and ex-interim welterweight champion Colby Covington could be the mysterious main event at UFC 230 matchup in a 170lb title bout.
“The Chosen One” confirmed the surgical procedure is scheduled for mid-October whilst talking to Ariel Helwani of ESPN on Friday:
“I dislocated my thumb in the [Darren Till] fight and by doing that I tore three ligaments. They are doing a shoestring surgery to provide more stability for my hand and minimize the potential arthritis.”
Based on Woodley’s estimated recovery time, he wouldn’t be fully fighting fit from the surgery until either December or even January. It is unclear how long it will take from that point for him to get himself prepared for his next title bout.
With this week’s confirmation both Jon Jones and Tyron Woodley are unable to compete at UFC 230, the mystery still remains as to who the UFC has in mind to fill the prestigious Madison Square Garden main event slot.
Who do you think could also be in the fray?..
– Brad Dalrymple
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