Woodley To Undergo Surgery

Tyron Woodley, the reigning UFC welterweight champion, suffered a partial labrum tear during his most recent title defense over Demain Maia. Woodley has been undecided on whether to have surgery to repair the injury, even voicing a willingness to fight through the injury if it meant the chance to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 219. And now with Diaz talks no longer tenable, Woodley has decided to ultimately go through with the surgery that will sideline him for several months.

“I’m going to go ahead and get this shoulder repaired,” Woodley said Wednesday on 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.”

Woodley said in an interview at UFC 218 that he was on the fence on getting the surgery, and was “highly considering going a different route.”  Yet, with the welterweight division lacking an clear-cut top contender, Woodley will allow the weight class to figure itself out in his absence.

Woodley defended the title twice in 2017, winning by decision against Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia, which ties him with three other fighters for the most active 2017 schedule by a UFC champion.

A number one contender may be decided on December 16th, when Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos collide at UFC on FOX 26. Without mentioning either fighter, Woodley said he was unworried by the challenges that could face him when he returns. Woodley’s only concerned on on one man, Georges St-Pierre.

“All these fights are warm-up fights now. I beat all of the tough people. They’re all a warm-up fight,” Woodley said.

“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.”

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