Tyron Woodley
The Chosen One

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Needs more time
WelterweightUFC
July 18, 2020
Woodley cleared up the confusion in terms of his pending fight with Colby Covington in an Instagram video Saturday, saying that he's accepted the fight but needs some more time to heal up and prepare, Simon Samano of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
There were earlier talks in the day that Woodley and Covington were set to fight in the UFC on ESPN+ 30 event that is scheduled for Aug. 22, but Woodley had yet to sign the deal for unspecified reasons. After being called out by Covington on social media, the former UFC Welterweight Champion responded saying the fight will happen but just not as soon as people hoped. Woodley had been training for months in preparation for a March 21 fight against Leon Edwards that was canceled because of travel restrictions due to the COVID-19. He then extended his camp for another two months so that he could face Gilbert Burns at the end of May. Now Woodley just needs the proper rest and recovery time before he decides he is ready to step in the Octagon with Covington. A new tentative fight date could end up coming in September or October of this year.
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Will fight Covington pending agreement
WelterweightUFC
July 18, 2020
Woodley (19-5-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC) is set to take on Colby Covington (15-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) at UFC on ESPN+ 30 on Aug. 22 once he decides to sign and agree to the fight, Nolan King of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Woodley expressed interest in taking on Covington following the 32-year-old's impressive effort versus Kamaru Usman for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 245 back in December. Covington has already signed his part of the deal and so the official announcement for the fight is pending agreement from Woodley and his team. Should the fight end up taking place, the two would square off at on Aug. 22 at the UFC on ESPN+ 30 event.
Medical suspension
WelterweightUFC
June 1, 2020
Woodley must have his left eyebrow laceration cleared by doctor or no contest until July 15, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Woodley was dominated by Gilbert Burns last Saturday and is now on his first ever losing streak as a fighter. If he is able to gain clearance by a doctor for his laceration, he could fight June 30th at the earliest, though that doesn't change the fact the 38-year-old may be at a crossroads with respect to his pro career.
Dominated by Gilbert Burns
WelterweightUFC
May 30, 2020
Woodley lost to Gilbert Burns via unanimous decision (45-50, 44-50, 44-50) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Woodley's first fight in 15 months was an unmitigated disaster. He was dropped by Burns in the opening seconds of the bout and was never able to recover. In many ways, this looked similar to Woodley's lost to Kamaru Usman in March 2019. He appeared confused, hesitant, and thoroughly overwhelmed by the moment. Burns dominated this fight at every single level, and Tyron didn't have anything remotely resembling an answer. Woodley was one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world for several years, but it's fair to wonder if age has simply caught up with him. Tyron turned 38 years old this past March and is clearly trending in the wrong direction. It's not so much that he's losing -- although that's obviously a problem -- it's that he is getting blown out and not being the least bit competitive. Woodley has some soul searching to do.
Burns fight set for May 30
WelterweightUFC
May 19, 2020
Woodley will take on Gilbert Burns in a welterweight matchup at a yet-to-be-determined location on May 30, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Woodley has spent a considerable amount of time on the sidelines since his last bout, a title-losing effort to Kamaru Usman in March of 2019. He's since dealt with both injuries and bout cancellations, as a scheduled matchup against Leon Edwards in London was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With Edwards an internationally-based fighter that may have to wait until the opening of Fight Island, the UFC set its sights on a new opponent for Woodley. In comes Burns, who is riding a five-fight winning streak capped off with a first-round knockout against Demian Maia this past March. Burns lands at a slightly better striking volume over his UFC run, while Woodley is just a tad better defensively. In terms of wrestling, Burns is more aggressive (and successful) with the takedown, but Woodley's remarkable 92 percent takedown defense will be a tough nut to crack. Woodley has a three-inch reach advantage, while Burns is an inch taller.
Targeted for May 23 event
WelterweightUFC
May 6, 2020
Woodley could potentially face Gilbert Burns in a welterweight matchup at a yet-to-be-determined location on May 23, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Woodley has had scheduled fights against Robbie Lawler and Leon Edwards scrapped in the last calendar year, with the Edwards bout scheduled for March 21 but cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rumblings of a fight against Burns on U.S. soil do not necessarily represent an idea that is new, but the parties had ultimately been unable to come to terms with company brass. It now appears that both fighters have verbally agreed to this matchup, but many challenges still remain. Las Vegas -- a location the UFC is hopeful for -- has yet to lay out a path for combat sports to return, so the company still needs to find a place to host this event prior to the fighters signing on the dotted line. Woodley hasn't fought since his March 2019 championship loss to Kamaru Usman, while Burns is riding a five-fight winning streak, with three of those fights in the last calendar year.