UFC welterweight Tyron Woodley suffered yet another devastating loss when he was finished by TKO due to a rib injury. Woodley’s main event feature against Colby Covington didn’t go to plan and the former champion has lost 15 straight rounds in the UFC. What’s more, he’s suffered at least one 10-8 round of defeat in all of his three recent losses.
‘The Chosen One’ wasn’t able to mount any significant offense while Covington forwarded his patented pace and high volume striking. The end came when Woodley attempted a guillotine choke in the fifth-round and cranked on his own rib, leading to the injury. Despite the rib break, the writing was on the wall as Tyron Woodley was already on his way to a decision loss.
Tyron Woodley: The aftermath
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani took to Twitter and provided an update to Woodley’s injury following his disappointing outing. Additionally, it was revealed that ‘The Chosen One’ suffered the fight-ending injury earlier on in the fight.
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
As the referee waved off the fight, it was abundantly clear that Tyron Woodley was in no position to answer the final horn. His recent fights have seen him extremely tentative in letting his hands go. The former undisputed king has looked like a shell of his former self and has lacked the explosiveness he used.
UFC President Dana White and the MMA community as a whole have called for ‘The Chosen One’ to retire. Tyron has had a long and illustrious career that spans all the way to his days in Strike Force. Furthermore, his epic run as the welterweight champion has helped cement his legacy in the company.
It is unclear whether Woodley will walk away from the sport after suffering his third straight loss, albeit to top competition. Following the aforementioned rib injury, it is certain that he won’t be returning to the cage soon. He will have to head back to the drawing board and assess the trajectory of the rest of his career. The Welterweight division is constantly churning out game contenders, and the 38-year-old fighter has some contemplation to do.
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