Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley shared his thoughts on his brutal 5th round TKO loss to Colby Covington and the injury he faced on Saturday at UFC Vegas 11.
For more than four-plus rounds, the former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley struggled to keep his back off the cage, constantly defending takedown attempts and a relentless pace from Covington. The fight ended after Covington took Woodley down on the mat, at that same time Woodley had already broken his rib during the fight which gave him unbearable pain that forced him to verbally tap out.
Tyron Woodley didn’t appear at the UFC Vegas 11 post-fight press conference, but he did go live on Instagram, as he was being transported to a local hospital to check on his injuries. While he didn’t yet have a diagnosis, Woodley said that he “popped a rib,” which was what ultimately led to the TKO loss.
Woodley suffered a broken rib in his TKO loss to Colby Covington which was the reason why he lost but eventually, he would have lost the decision has Covington was very much ahead of him in the entire fight. Woodley latched on to a guillotine choke after being taken down in the final round of his five-round fight against Covington. Soon after, he yelled out in pain, which forced the referee to wave off the fight to give Covington the TKO. Covington dominated the majority of the action before Woodley’s injury.
ESPN‘s Ariel Helwani on Sunday posted an X-ray obtained from Tyron Woodley of the broken rib. It is unknown how long the injury will keep the former UFC champion on the sidelines.
X-Ray of Tyron Woodley’s broken rib, courtesy of Woodley.
He said it popped earlier in the fight and then tried to use the gulliotine to stand up and it popped. “It was the most pain ever,” he said.
He is back at the hotel resting. pic.twitter.com/onhuYkah0R
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 20, 2020
Following the event, Tyron Woodley released a statement about the loss.
“I appreciate you guys, love you guys. It didn’t go the way I wanted guys. The last person I wanted to lose to,” Woodley said (via MMAFighting.com).
“I don’t know what the f*ck happened. It happened. Gotta dust it off, shake the sh*t off, and find a way.”
Maybe its time to call it the end for ‘The chosen one’ Tyron Woodley
After going undefeated for seven straight fights, including five title bouts, Tyron Woodley has now dropped three in a row while losing fourteen consecutive rounds to Covington, Kamaru Usman, and Gilbert Burns. While his losses have come against the top three welterweights ranked in the UFC right now, Woodley hasn’t been a major factor in any of those matchups, falling in two lopsided decisions and then losing by TKO on Saturday night.
After this loss UFC president gave his thoughts on Woodley and his last few losses. Dana White said “I think that he should start thinking about hanging it up,” White said about Woodley during the post-fight press conference. “He’s had a great career, he’s had a great run.”
Tyron Woodley is no doubt one of the best welterweights on the planet but it seems like he is past his prime and is having difficulties hanging out with the new best fighters of his division. It seems like Woodley might have to think about his future and make a wise decision.
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