Tyron Woodley has given further insights into the injury that ruled him out of his fight with Robbie Lawler.
On an appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show Woodley said that the hand injury was originally from his successful title defense against Darren Till at UFC 228.
Woodley explained that the ailment arose when Till attempted to block a punch and his fist “hit the hard part of his skull and it hit the joint of my thumb.”
“It popped the bone up — it didn’t break it — but that’s where all of the ligaments are attached,” Woodley said. “My hand was basically a state of dislocation. Just extreme pain.”
Woodley fixed his thumb before losing the title against Kamaru Usman. However, while training for the Lawler fight he noticed that his thumb wasn’t working as usual.
“It got to a point where I was like, ‘Am I really going to be able to do this fight? Am I going to avoid properly rehabbing my hand again and maybe further damaging it?’” Woodley said.
“The Chosen One” still doesn’t have a fixed timeline for his return, neither a fixed opponent. He, however, is fully aware about the balnace of power between him and Robbie Lawler, who is the same guy he knocked out in stellar fashion to capture the 170 pound title.
Woodley knows very well that whatever he does with Lawler has very little chance of it being better than their previous fight. The fight was of comparatively far more importance for Lawler, who is looking to make himself relevant again for a title shot.
“This fight wasn’t as much for me as it was for Robbie,” Woodley said. “I don’t need to prove anything. This is a guy I took his belt from. I took his ability to earn PPV. I took his ability to have a larger platform and fight. He wants this fight back. For me, it was just me making a strong statement to the UFC and everybody else.”
“I’m on the road back to throne. I’m ready to get my belt back. I want to go back out there and take what’s mine.”