Tyron Woodley is suffering from chronic arthritis in his right hand but wants a return fight this Summer

Tyron Woodley

It's been over two months now since Kamaru Usman delivered an absolute clinic against Tyron Woodley at UFC 235.

The Nigerian dominated to become the welterweight champion of the world, and two judges saw fit to give him a 10-8 round in the process.

A reign that spanned over two-and-a-half years was ended brutally, but that wasn't the end of the issues for Woodley.

'The Chosen One' was set to fight Robbie Lawler, the man he won the title from in 2016, in a rematch at UFC on ESPN 3 in late June, but Woodley pulled out of the contest last week owing to a hand injury.

It's been revealed that it's no ordinary training injury as Woodley has now been diagnosed by a doctor.

Woodley detailed his problems to TMZ Sports and has outlined when he wants to return.

“I have chronic arthritis in my joint right here,” said Woodley.

“There’s three joints that enable me to grab and grip. One has chronic arthritis and this one has severe arthritis.

Arthritis in Tyron Woodley's right hand is preventing him from currently fighting in UFC

"There’s a few different ways to heal and fix the problem permanently but it’s something you wouldn’t do if you were still active, because it limits your range of motion and grip.

"The temporary fix is to rehab it, get it stronger, get the flexibility to start to grab and grip, then 10 days before the fight let’s try to do a cortisone shot.

"I have the UFC checking on cities and states that allow you to have cortisone shots.”

In the USADA era there's probably a limited amount of locations in the USA that will let someone fight on such an injection, but T-Wood is confident of stepping back inside the Octagon in the coming months.

Woodley is still ranked number one in the welterweight division but considering the domination served up to him by Usman, he's probably going to have to go through someone else to get a shot at The Nigerian Nightmare when he's fit and ready.

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