UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley hasn’t been seen in the Octagon since defeating Damien Maia by decision at UFC 214.
The champion has an injured shoulder and instead of delaying the inevitable surgery, has opted to go under the knife as he told Fightful earlier this month.
“I’m going to go ahead and get this shoulder repaired,” Woodley said to TMZ. “I’ve been saying, ‘You know what, I don’t want to get it cut on, I don’t want to get it repaired.’ But if there’s no fight that really makes a ton of sense for me to take the risk, to not be 100 percent with my shoulder, then I’m going to go ahead and have it repaired. They’re not going to do a full orthopedic rehabilitation, but they’re going to do a scope and they’re going to anchor down some sides. Then I’m going to get some PRP (platelet-rich plasma), some stem cells. I’m doing everything.”
One of the reasons Woodley was putting off the surgery in the first place was to try and get a potential super fight against former UFC Middleweight Champion Georges St. Pierre.
GSP is now sitting on the shelf while battling ulcerative colitis, but its an injury that Woodley thinks the former champion is faking.
“I want to fight Georges, man. I offered to go up and fight him at middleweight and he faked some backside injury, and now he’s vacating the belt. So, I don’t know, man. I’m going to get my shoulder fixed and I’m going to watch the game be as ridiculous as it’s been and see who’s next,” says Woodley.
There is no time frame set yet as when when the champion and his soon to be surgically repaired shoulder will step back into the Octagon.