Tyron Woodley Decides to Have Shoulder Surgery After All

UFC welterweight Tyron Woodley will undergo shoulder surgery in the near future.

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has gone back and forth on whether or not to have surgery to repair his damaged shoulder but it appears he’s finally made a decision.

On Wednesday, Woodley announced that he would be undergoing surgery on his shoulder in the near future. On a positive note, Woodley added that it won’t be full reconstructive surgery on his shoulder so it shouldn’t keep him out of action for nearly as long but he will need some time to rest and recover.

“The situation with my shoulder, I was trying to rehab it, I was trying to see if I could not have to undergo surgery,” Woodley explained on “UFC Tonight”. “I was actually going to take a fight with Mr. Nate Diaz prior to the surgery and then have it afterwards but that fight did not shake out. So therefore, I’m going to undergo not a full reconstruction, they’re going to clean my shoulder out, anchor down the parts that they need to anchor down and then it will be on the road to recovery after that.”

Woodley last fought in July when he defended his welterweight title against Demian Maia.

Since then, Woodley has taken time off while trying to decide whether or not to go through with the surgery knowing that it would likely keep him sidelined for an extended absence.

With no fight booked and the UFC not officially naming a new No. 1 contender in the welterweight division right now, Woodley will go forward with the surgery before looking for his next title defense in 2018.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.