UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is eager to make his return to the octagon after a long layoff due to injury. Woodley, who took time off after his fight Demian Maia for a shoulder surgery, now wants to return at UFC 227.
In a recent interview, he revealed that he is slated to return in August.
“I’m projected to be back Aug. 4. That’s when I want to fight. I want to fight in L.A. I’m ready. I’ve been starting to go 100 percent on a lot of things. Obviously I’m still doing rehab, still getting the strength back. But it’s not restricting me from a lot,” Woodley said.
He also went on to say that he is really not concerned about who he fights.
“I’m not really concerned with who’s ready, who’s next. You’ve got to realize there are certain rights you deserve as a champion. When I’m ready to fight, now it’s time to fight. Whoever they got for me to fight at this time, come get this work. I don’t want to sit back and say, ‘Oh, I want to sit and wait to see what happens with this fight.’ I’m the champion. I want to fight. Some of these bouts should’ve taken place anyway, maybe not with the label of interim title. But I think at that point, you make a fight. Even if it’s somebody that’s not currently in the division. Maybe it’s Nate, maybe it’s Georges. Maybe it’s somebody else. But I’m also willing to fight all these other guys,” he added.
Woodley is now 18-3 in his career and last fought