UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley has successfully undergone surgery on his right shoulder, and he’s already looking ahead to his next bout.
Woodley underwent arthroscopic surgery by Dr. James Andrews, famous for his orthopedic surgery on athletes. Woodley tells TMZ that he already in rehabilitation and does not expect to be out for long.
“Just with the stem cell and PRP [platelet rich plasma], the new technology and science, I’m gonna be fighting in the first quarter of next year,” Woodley said. “In two months, I’ll be punching something.”
Woodley’s next title challenger may already be on the horizon, too. In the main event of last week’s UFC on FOX event, former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos defeated Robbie Lawler, the man Woodley took the UFC Welterweight Title from. Dos Anjos dominated his way to a unanimous decision win in the title eliminator bout, dos Anjos’ third bout in the UFC since moving from 155 to 170.
Woodley says he’s been keeping a close eye on the welterweight division, but he was not impressed with dos Anjos’ manhandling of a former welterweight champion.
I’m going to be honest and I said it to his face. I wasn’t too impressed with the performance. Just because people are punching and swinging, if you’re punching and swinging and you’re missing or you’re hitting gloves and elbows, that ain’t precision to me. When you’re landing good powerful shots and making it count, and I wasn’t really thrilled with the IQ of both guys.
Woodley says, however, that he will fight dos Anjos if the UFC demands it. But the former lightweight king isn’t atop of the fighters Woodley wants to face.
You can watch the full TMZ segment with Woodley in the video player above.