Woodley Looks To Return At UFC 227

Tyron Woodley is not looking to wait around, and told MMA Junkie that he’s ready to return at UFC 227 In August.

“I’m projected to be back Aug. 4,” Woodley said. “That’s when I want to fight. I want to fight in L.A.”

It would be over a year since Woodley fought inside the Octagon, a decision win over Demian Maia at UFC 217, which Dana White would malign after the fact.

Woodley, who wanted to be the one to face Georges St-Pierre, would not get the chance due to a shoulder injury which would require surgery in December.

“I’m ready. I’ve been starting to go 100 percent on a lot of things,” Woodley said. “Obviously I’m still doing rehab, still getting the strength back. But it’s not restricting me from a lot.”

Woodley does not care who, he just wants to fight.

“I’m not really concerned with who’s ready, who’s next,” Woodley said. “You’ve got to realize there are certain rights you deserve as a champion. When I’m ready to fight, now it’s time to fight. Whoever they got for me to fight at this time, come get this work. I don’t want to sit back and say, ‘Oh, I want to sit and wait to see what happens with this fight.’ I’m the champion. I want to fight.

“Some of these bouts should’ve taken place anyway, maybe not with the label of interim title. But I think at that point, you make a fight. Even if it’s somebody that’s not currently in the division. Maybe it’s Nate, maybe it’s Georges. Maybe it’s somebody else. But I’m also willing to fight all these other guys.”

Woodley is already looking at his legacy, and has a list he’s ready to cross off.

“I kind of want to legitimately clean the division,” Woodley said. “I wouldn’t mind fighting RDA, Colby, Usman, Till, and at that point, unless another prospect emerges, I’ve cleaned out the division. And I’m the greatest welterweight of all time at that point. And then it’s time to go up to 185, and I want that belt. …

“I want to finish off my division. When it’s all said and done, I did everything I could do there. I want to go up and challenge myself once again, and I want to try to win the belt at ’85 and defend there and pretty much retire as a middleweight.”

Original Report: MMA Junkie

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