Tyron Woodley didn’t leave his Saturday fight unscathed.
The former UFC welterweight champion suffered a broken rib in his TKO loss to Colby Covington in the UFC on ESPN+ 36 main event in Las Vegas, he told UFC broadcast partner ESPN.
Woodley latched on to a guillotine choke after being taken down in the final round of his five-round fight against Covington. Soon after, he yelled out in pain, which forced the referee to wave off the fight to give Covington the TKO. Covington dominated the majority of the action prior to Woodley’s injury.
ESPN‘s Ariel Helwani on Sunday posted an X-ray obtained from Woodley of the broken rib. It is unknown how long the injury will keep the former UFC champion on the sidelines.
X-Ray of Tyron Woodley’s broken rib, courtesy of Woodley.
He said it popped earlier in the fight and then tried to use the gulliotine to stand up and it popped. “It was the most pain ever,” he said.
He is back at the hotel resting. pic.twitter.com/onhuYkah0R
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 20, 2020
The 38-year-old Woodley is now on a three-fight skid starting with his loss to Kamaru Usman, which marked the end of his reign at welterweight.
While on his way to the hospital following the bout at UFC on ESPN+ 36, Woodley had some comments on his latest defeat.
“I appreciate you guys – love you guys,” Woodley said on Instagram Live. “It didn’t go the way I wanted, guys. Last person I wanted to lose to … I don’t know what the (expletive) happened. It happened. (I’ve) got to dust it off, shake the (expletive) off, and find a way.”