The MMA community was hit with the news of Tyron Woodley pulling out of the Robbie Lawler fight at UFC Minneapolis on June 29th due to an injury. Several fighters have since offered to replace Tyron Woodley, including Darren Till and Santiago Ponzinibbio.
Later today, Tyron Woodley took to Instagram live to explain his injury and decision to pull out from the fight.
Here’s the transcript of what he had to say:
“A lot of questions about my hand and me not fighting June 29. I don’t know if they’re going to reschedule me and Robbie for a different date or if they’re going to actually get him a new opponent, but I got to make sure I protect my hand. That’s where I make the money with” “I have to be confident throwing my moneymaker, my right hand. I toughed it through the last fight, guys, a lot of (expletive) tape.Tryon Woodley issues statement via Instagram live
“This time around I’ve got to be honest with myself. The gripping, the grabbing, the posting, the pushing off, the strength, the snapping – all of the above was a little bit more difficult. I’m going to make sure I put myself in position to be successful. At the end of the day, I got to get that belt back. I’ve got to put myself in the best position.”
It is unclear how long Tyron Woodley will be out of action, neither is it clear whether UFC will find a replacement for Tyron or rebook the fight at a later time.