Tyron Woodley
The Chosen One

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Eyeing March return
WelterweightUFC
January 24, 2021
The UFC is finalizing a welterweight fight between Woodley (ribs) and Vicente Luque for March 27 at UFC 260, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Woodley was suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission back in late September so this fight date lines up right with then he was allowed to return. The 38-year-old will step back in the octagon despite many convinced he should hang it up. Woodley has lost three fights in a row dating back to his championship meeting with Kamaru Usman on March 2 and it's currently the only mark in his career he's lost multiple fights in a row. He'll look to turn it around against Luque who is on a two-fight win streak and is hungry to potentially jump Woodley in the UFC welterweight ranking with a win. The location for the bout has yet to be determined but early reports are indicating it'll be held at the UFC Apex center in Las Vegas.
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Long medical suspension
WelterweightUFC
September 22, 2020
Woodley (ribs) has been suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending medical clearance of a left costochondral tear, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
No surprises here, as Woodley has made public that he did indeed fracture his ribs in Saturday's lopsided loss to Colby Covington. He's now officially set for some time on the sidelines, and at 38 years old and arguably on a 15-round losing streak, the sun could soon be setting on a long and storied career. There's no doubt he could still be competitive against many middle-tier welterweights, but when even UFC President Dana White has suggested he needs to consider retirement, it's unlikely Woodley is matched up against the higher-caliber fighters he'd need to beat to make another title run.
Fractures rib in loss to Covington
WelterweightUFC
September 21, 2020
Woodley sustained a fractured rib during his loss to Colby Covington on Saturday at the UFC's event in Las Vegas, Danny Segura of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Woodley appeared to pick up the injury when he latched on to Covington's guillotine choke in the fifth and final round of the fight, as the 38-year-old audibly yelled in pain before the referee awarded Covington the TKO win. Though a timeline for Woodley's return from the injury hasn't been established, his days in the UFC could be nearing an end regardless of his health. "The Chosen One" has now lost three fights in a row, dropping his career MMA record to 19-6-1.
Another non-competitive showing
WelterweightUFC
September 19, 2020
Woodley lost to Colby Covington via TKO (injury) at 1:19 of Round 5 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Woodley might not be done in the sense of retirement, but he's certainly finished in terms of fights that impact the title picture at 170 pounds. This was Woodley's third straight defeat and almost marked the third straight fight in which he wasn't the least bit competitive. Yes, those three defeats have come against the three best welterweights in the world in Covington, Gilbert Burns and current champion Kamaru Usman, but T-Wood's inability to generate any offense whatsoever has been absolutely shocking. It's almost as if Woodley has accepted defeat before the bout even begins. He is fighting with zero urgency and is accepting competing in compromising positions. The finish on Saturday came when Woodley was going for a token guillotine and appeared to pop a rib. It's very unfortunate because Woodley was one of the best fighters in the world not all that long ago, but he is currently on the same career path as names such as Johny Hendricks and Renan Barao. That's not a path you want to be on. Woodley turns 39 years of age next April.
Fight with Covington set for Sept. 19
WelterweightUFC
August 11, 2020
Woodley (19-5-1) is scheduled to face Colby Covington (15-2-0) in a welterweight fight Sept. 19 at the UFC's event in Las Vegas, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Woodley and Covington reached agreement three weeks ago to fight one another, but a date for the bout wasn't formally booked until Woodley relayed Monday that he would take on "Chaos" as part of the Sept. 19 card. After losing in both of his last two fights, Woodley will look to get back on track against a long-time rival in Covington, his former training partner.
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.