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Tyron Woodley Reveals He Is Aiming For A Return On International Fight Week

The UFC welterweight champion has revealed that he is gunning to get a spot on July’s UFC 226 card during International Fight Week following a recent surgery on his shoulder.

The champ is making his return, ladies and gentlemen.

After revealing to the world that he had recently undergone a successful shoulder surgery, Tyron Woodley has now apparently set his sights on a comeback which could well see him making an appearance on July’s UFC 226, a card that already features the super-fight showdown between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic in its main-event.

Woodley, who was last seen in action at UFC 214, bested the grappling-legend Demian Maia in that outing but just like his matchup with Stephen Thompson before it, his methodical approach to the fight saw him garner a lot of criticism from the fans. He managed to defend his title on two occasions against Thompson and then once again against Maia but despite the fact that he is well on his way to becoming one of the most successful champions in the sport, many still feel like he has a lot to prove in his next bout.

Speaking to MMAJunkie, Woodley gave the world an update on his shoulder as well as a hint at when the fans can expect to see him back inside the octagon.

“The other guys that are talking and chirping, they know they’re not in position to fight me. But they figure, hey, nobody else is going to fight him, why not try to put myself in position. But none of these guys really want to see me. They all talk about wanting to fight. My toughest matchups are behind me.

“I want to fight in July. I want to fight in November in New York. I’ll close out the year and next year we’ll see what happens.

“Keep me on the big cards, because at the end of the day, I’m the best in the world.”

With a high-profile super-fight between the aforementioned Miocic and Cormier already on the UFC 223 fight-card, getting the 170lb champ as a co-main event would not only make sense for the timing of it all, but also due to the fact that there are several tantalising matchups that we could well see Woodley involved in, both out of the current crop of welterweight contenders and beyond.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at cillian@punditarena.com.