Tyron Woodley has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming rematch against Robbie Lawler due to injury according to ESPN.
Brett Okamoto was the first to report the news, giving what few details we have at present about the former champion’s predicament.
He then later added that the injury was one sustained to Tyron’s hand – with him now set to undergo surgery next week.
As of right now, it appears as though Robbie Lawler will be kept on the card and the UFC will look for a replacement.
BREAKING: Tyron Woodley has been forced to withdraw from his June 29 bout against Robbie Lawler due to injury, per sources. UFC looking for a replacement to keep Lawler on the card in Minneapolis. More info coming soon to @ESPN.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 17, 2019
Woodley found himself at the mercy of the newly-crowned Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 as he fell to a lopsided unanimous decision to lose the belt.
Overall, it was a very meek performance from The Chosen One, a showing that did little in the way of resembling his more confident outings of date.
Prior to that defeat, he was well into the process of establishing himself as one of the finest champions of his era – having racked up wins over Stephen Thompson, Darren Till, Demian Maia, and his UFC Minneapolis opponent, Robbie Lawler.
This setback is no doubt one that could well postpone his future title-ambitions quite a bit, especially given the depth of talent at 170lbs right now.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena