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Tyron Woodley

35-Year-Old     UFC     Welterweight     18-3-1

STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Shoulder    EST. RETURN:  12/30/2017
Birthdate:  April 17, 1982     Height:   5'9    

August 2, 2017    Tyron Woodley News

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Woodley's medical suspension has been extended to 180 days due to a torn shoulder labrum, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Woodley admitted in an interview Monday that he tore his shoulder labrum at UFC 214 on Saturday. It's likely that the welterweight champion will need surgery to repair his shoulder, potentially making his recovery longer than the mandatory 180 days. This rules Woodley out for a title defense at November's event at The Madison Square Garden, and will potentially sideline him until 2018.

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Woodley revealed Monday on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani that he suffered a torn labrum in Saturday's title-defending victory over Demian Maia.

Fantasy Analysis

Woodley did not receive more than the seven-day minimum medical suspension following Saturday's fight, but this injury potentially carries a six-month return timetable. Although Woodley's sentiment towards UFC President Dana White (and his post-fight criticisms) may have overshadowed the interview, he did mention this important detail about his health. Though Woodley seemed to indicate that surgery would be on tap, he did acknowledge that he will seek multiple second opinions. After Woodley successfully defended his title at UFC 214, White was highly critical of Woodley's inactivity, and even admitted that he lost a potential matchup against Michael Bisping due to a performance that was heavily scrutinized for a lack of strikes thrown. Regardless of what one makes of the dispute, it doesn't sound like Woodley will be in the Octagon in the near future.
Woodley remains the UFC Welterweight Champion after defeating Demian Maia via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46) at UFC 214 on Saturday in Anaheim.

Fantasy Analysis

Woodley won the fight and he's leaving with his belt, although he didn't really win anything. He popped Maia with a few shots every once in a while, but he was content with stuffing all 21 of the Brazilian's takedown attempts and doing little else. A large portion of this sport is about entertainment and this was about as bad of a title fight as you will ever see. The crowd was actually chanting "boring" at one point. It felt like a WWE event. Woodley landed just 57 significant strikes and he won easily. That number tells you all you need to know about how this one went. "The Chosen One's" stock dropped significantly despite the victory.
Woodley will defend his welterweight title against Demian Maia at UFC 214 on July 29, Dave Doyle of MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Woodley is coming off his second title defense against Stephen Thompson in March, and recently called out Damia Maia for his next fight. He'll get his wish and is now scheduled to take on the jiu-jitsu specialist at UFC 214. Both fighters are currently on a roll, with Woodley winning four of his last five fights (one draw) and Maia securing seven straight of his own. Maia is the absolute last fighter any welterweight wants to be on the mat with, but fortunately for Woodley, a stellar 91 percent takedown defense should help him avoid that situation. Even though Woodley comes from a wrestling background, it would be in his best interest to keep this fight on the feet at all costs, as Maia cannot match his power in the stand-up game.
Woodley is calling for a faceoff with Demian Maia at UFC 214 on July 29 as his next title defense, Damon Martin of Fox Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Woodley is ready to defend his welterweight title against a top contender and is asking for jiu-jitsu specialist Demian Maia, who is currently riding a seven-fight winning streak. The invitation to battle it out has been sent by Woodley, leaving the final steps in the hands of UFC matchmakers. Woodley is hoping for the fight to go down at UFC 214 -- a card headlined by a light heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.
Woodley successfully defended his UFC Welterweight Championship against Stephen Thompson on Saturday, winning via majority decision (48-47, 47-47, 48-47) at UFC 209 in Las Vegas.

Fantasy Analysis

Yes, these are the same two men who produced a Fight of the Night at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. Other than one takedown attempt in Round 3 and a huge combination late in Round 5, Woodley was suspiciously inactive throughout the fight. He let Thompson dictate the pace and he spent long stretches of time with his back up against the cage. He did a terrific job once again of avoiding Thompson's combinations on the feet, just like he did in the first fight, but he attempted so little offense that it makes you wonder if he entered the fight with an injury. Truthfully, Woodley is quite lucky to still be UFC Welterweight Champion. The fight could have easily been scored a draw or even 48-47 Thompson. Woodley and Thompson are two of the best fighters in the world in any weight class, but the stock of both took a hit on this night. Demian Maia probably deserves the next shot at Woodley's title, but he accepted a fight against Jorge Masvidal in May. If Maia survives that, expect him to be next in line. No matter who he defends against next, Woodley better pick up the pace if he wants to hang onto his belt.
Woodley will face Stephen Thompson for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 209 on March 4 in Las Vegas, a rematch of their bout at UFC 205 that was fought to a majority draw.

Fantasy Analysis

Woodley broke the news before the promotion did via his personal podcast Monday, but the UFC's announcement makes the news official. The two will go toe-to-toe in Vegas in what will be a rematch of a bout that earned Fight of the Night honors back on Nov. 12. In their first time out, Woodley relied heavily on his striking against a lengthier Thompson, despite his extensive wrestling background. This cost him several rounds on the scorecard, so it will be intriguing to see if he decides to mix up his strategy in the rematch.
Woodley stated via his personal podcast that he would be fighting Stephen Thompson at UFC 209 in Las Vegas on March 4.

Fantasy Analysis

Woodley broke the news in an informal matter, and we haven't actually seen a fight agreement signed, though Fox Sports later confirmed that this bout was the expected headliner. The current UFC welterweight champion initially seemed to be ducking Thompson after they fought to a majority draw at UFC 205, but that no longer appears to be the case. The two earned Fight of the Night honors at the last event, with Thompson actually picking up the striking advantage in rounds two, three and five. A stellar fourth round is likely what saved the fight for Woodley, as he was nearly able to earn the finish. Now in line for a rematch, it remains to be seen whether Woodley will look to utilize his wrestling more, as he seems to be at a disadvantage on the feet, both physically and technically.
Woodley and Stephen Thompson fought to a majority decision draw (47-47, 47-47, 48-47) in their UFC Welterweight Championship fight at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Fantasy Analysis

All things considered, Woodley should consider himself fortunate that he is walking out of MSG with his belt. The champion implemented his wrestling game early and was successful with it. He was able to control Thompson on the mat en route to easily winning Round 1. Woodley foolishly abandoned his takedown attempts from then on and he paid for it. Woodley dropped Rounds 2 and 3 (although Round 3 was close) before he bounced back in a big way in Round 4. Woodley decked Wonderboy with a monster right hand before clamping on a pair of super-tight guillotines. It was a minor miracle that Thompson survived, but Woodley was gassed after going for the finish on multiple occasions and not being able to get it. Woodley staggered to the finish with Thompson getting the far better of the action in the final frame. The champion's big flurry in Round 4 is the only reason he still has the title around his waist. If an immediate rematch between the two men is forthcoming, and it should be, Woodley needs to do all he can to try and ensure it doesn't turn into another kickboxing match. Especially one in which he spends the vast majority of the fight with his back up against the fence. He won't be as lucky next time around.
Woodley (+170) finds himself as a healthy underdog as he gets set to defend his UFC Welterweight Championship against Stephen Thompson on Saturday at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Fantasy Analysis

Robbie Lawler is known as one of the most durable men in the game, but even he couldn't handle the power T-Wood possess in his hands. Woodley's first-round KO of Lawler in July shocked many, but Woodley has always had that kind of ability. Unfortunately, his first title defense is going to come against the best pure striker in the welterweight division, and arguably the entire company. If Woodley wants to retain his title, leaning on his wrestling game in an attempt to grind out a win appears to be the best course of action.
Woodley will make his first defense of the UFC Welterweight Championship against Stephen Thompson at UFC 205 in New York on Nov. 12, ESPN.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Despite being the current champion, Woodley has opened as the betting underdog against Thompson, a younger fighter that is riding a seven-fight winning streak. Woodley had repeatedly asked for a big-money fight, and although it's not the opponent he had in mind, he'll still be fighting on a big stage in New York. "The Chosen One" might have more one-punch knockout power than his opponent, but Thompson is a patient, diverse striker that could give Woodley trouble.
UFC President Dana White said that Woodley's first welterweight title defense will come against Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson, ESPN.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Woodley has been perfectly clear about his aspirations to fight either Nick Diaz, or Georges St-Pierre in his return, but it sounds like UFC brass isn't quite on the same page. The newly crowned welterweight champion even took to his personal Twitter account to express his dismay with the announcement. Woodley understandably wants a bigger money fight, but it doesn't sound like Dana White believes he has earned that right just yet. Wonderboy is a deserving and skilled opponent, and could represent a major road block to Woodley getting his wishes granted.
Woodley defeated Robbie Lawler via KO (punches) at 2:12 of Round 1 to win the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 201 on Saturday in Atlanta.

Fantasy Analysis

This is the guy who hadn't fought in more than 18 months? Looking calm and relaxed from the opening bell, Woodley moved effortlessly before connecting with the strike that ended the fight. He faked a left jab that Lawler bit on and unloaded with one of his trademark over-the-top right hands. The end result was a shot that sent the former champion crumbling to the mat and forced referee Dan Miragliotta to step in and call off the bout. A post-fight interview on FS1 led to an exchange between Woodley and No. 1 contender Stephen Thompson in which Thompson, who was serving as a guest analyst for the night, asked Woodley for the next title shot. Woodley stated he'd rather take a big-money fight against Nick Diaz instead. The new champ can state anything he wants, but it's highly likely that his first title defense will be against Wonderboy.
Woodley (+130) is a slight underdog as he attempts to win the UFC Welterweight Championship from Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 on Saturday in Atlanta.

Fantasy Analysis

An October fight that was scheduled between Woodley and Johny Hendricks was cancelled when Hendricks had issues cutting weight and the end result is that Woodley has been on the sidelines for more than 18 months on the sidelines. That's never good for any fighter, especially so for a 34-year-old. Woodley has insane one-punch KO power, but Lawler is the crisper striker and better at putting together combinations. Woodley is a darn good fighter, but the three best wins of his career are against Kelvin Gastelum (split), Dong Hyun Kim and Tarec Saffiedine. His win over Carlos Condit was the result of Condit blowing out his knee, so that doesn't really count. Facing Lawler in the main event of a PPV is an entirely different animal. We'll see how Woodley responds to the pressure.
Woodley will face Robbie Lawler in a welterweight title fight at UFC 201 on July 30 in Atlanta.

Fantasy Analysis

Woodley hasn't seen the octagon since January 2015, and although he was scheduled to take on Johnny Hendricks in October, that fight never went down after Hendricks failed to make weight. Since then, Woodley has held a firm stance that he would not fight again until getting a title shot. Finally, his wish will be granted at UFC 201 in Atlanta (though it does work out in his favor that the No. 1 and No. 2 welterweight contenders are scheduled to square off June 18). Woodley has never been given an opportunity to earn a belt in the UFC, but has solid knockout power and has demonstrated effective submissions in his early Strikeforce career. It should be an intriguing, high-stakes bout.
Woodley will not fight again until receiving a title shot, according to Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight.

Fantasy Analysis

Woodley had originally been scheduled to fight Johny Hendricks at UFC 192, but that bout was cancelled after Hendricks failed to make weight. Rather than settle for a buffer fight, Woodley will take a break from the octagon until he has a chance at the welterweight belt. This likely won't pan out until the middle of 2016, as the next logical opponent would be the winner of the Robbie Lawler/Carlos Condit fight at UFC 195 on Jan. 2.
Despite the fact his fight against Johny Hendricks that was scheduled for Saturday was cancelled, Woodley will get the next shot at the welterweight title, MMAJunkie.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Woodley will be paid his show money and get the winner of January's title fight between current champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Carlos Condit. That's the good news. The bad news is that even if Woodley's title shot takes place next May (which would seem to be the earliest it could happen), he would have gone over 15 months between fights. Perhaps Woodley can step in if Condit gets injured between now and January 2, but otherwise it seems like he is going to be sitting on the sidelines for an awful long time.
Woodley's fight with Johny Hendricks has been called off after Hendricks failed to make weight, according to UFC President Dana White.

Fantasy Analysis

Although there's been a lot of chatter on Twitter about potential replacements for Hendricks in Saturday's fight, it's unlikely Woodley would accept a new challenger on short notice. He had been vocal about wanting to win a fight bonus, however, so the possibility remains open. For now, it would be wise to remove Woodley from any fantasy lineups prior to the start of Saturday's card.
Woodley is the underdog for Saturday's welterweight fight against Tyron Woodley at UFC 192 in Houston.

Fantasy Analysis

Woodley is coming off a broken foot that he suffered in February. Woodley has won four of his last five fights, with his only loss in that span coming against Rory MacDonald. Known for his massive knockout power, Woodley is another fighter who could easily earn himself his first title shot if he can pull off the upset against Hendricks.
Woodley will take on Johny Hendricks in a welterweight bout at UFC 192 on October 3, ESPN's Brett Okamoto reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Woodley has been sidelined since breaking his foot in February, but has since been cleared to train, and now has an opponent to train for. The 33-year-old has won four of his last five bouts, with his only loss coming to Rory MacDonald in June of 2014. The winner of this matchup will surely have a strong case for the next welterweight title opportunity.
Woodley (foot) has been cleared to train and he is hoping for a fight against Johny Hendricks in September, MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Woodley had been on the sidelines since he broke his foot in February. With Rory MacDonald scheduled to fight champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 189 next week, a fight between Woodley and Hendricks actually makes a lot of sense. Woodley hasn't fought since January, a split decision win over Kelvin Gastelum (who missed weight for the fight).