UFC champ Tyron Woodley schedules hand surgery, ruled out of UFC 230

Don’t expect Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington to fill the vacant main event slot at UFC 230. The reigning UFC welterweight champion requires surgery.

Woolley (19-3-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) worried about potential injuries following his second-round submission victory over Darren Till (17-1-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) at UFC 228 this month. He’s fears were confirmed today when he found out a procedure will be required on his right hand to repair three torn ligaments, putting him on the sidelines for between eight and 12 weeks.

MMAjunkie verified Woodley’s surgery plans with a member of his team following an initial report from ESPN.com. His surgery is scheduled in two weeks.

The result of Woodley’s news means he won’t be filling the headlining spot at UFC 230, which is scheduled for Nov. 3 in New York City and still doesn’t have an official main event.

Woodley’s injury may change the timetable for his next fight, but the opponent remains the same. UFC President Dana White said on Thursday that Covington (14-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who won the interim 170-pound belt with a unanimous-decision win over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225 in June, is still next in line.

“That’s the next fight that needs to happen,” White said. “Obviously Woodley just fought. Colby couldn’t fight (at UFC 228) because he was hurt. So we’ll see how that thing plays out.”

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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