Spending several months dealing with an injured shoulder, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has finally decided to go under the knife to repair the injury. Woodley tells MMA Fighting that he’ll undergo surgery sometime in December and expects to miss at least four months.
News of the planned surgery comes just a few weeks after Woodley was rumored to be in talks with Nate Diaz for a title defense at UFC 219 on Dec. 30. The champion went as far as to call out Diaz on social media, eager to sign the highest-profile fight of his MMA career against one of the biggest fan favorites in the sport. UFC president Dana White claimed the fight was never on the table, but Woodley begs to differ.
“Delusional Dana constantly demotes me as a fighter when the job is to promote his fighters, especially champions,” Woodley said. “Why would I get in camp, and why would Nate give a 15 million dollar purse request if there was no fight? It’s obvious they haven’t found their blockbuster headliner yet. This was a reality, and they know it. The inability to come to financial terms with Nate killed it.”
The UFC has unsuccessfully attempted to get Diaz back into the cage for the better part of the last year. He last fought in August 2016 in a rematch against Conor McGregor, with both his outings against the Irishman serving as the biggest pay-per-view events in 2016.
Woodley was willing to postpone the surgery to face Diaz, much like he did against Demian Maia earlier this year.
The 35-year-old Woodley is currently riding a six-fight unbeaten streak. He first won the title in July 2016 against Robbie Lawler, holding onto the title after fighting to a draw and subsequently defeating Stephen Thompson in back-to-back fights, before defeating Maia.