No Hands? No Problem: Kamaru Usman Says He’ll be Ready for Tyron Woodley in August

By Nathan Zur May 24, 2018
Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has declared he has recovered from his shoulder injury and will be ready to defend his belt on Aug. 4 at UFC 227, according to reporter Ariel Helwani.

“The Chosen One” has been vocal about appearing on that card in the past, although nothing officially has been announced, including who he would be defending the belt against.

Helwani’s tweet has ignited interest from Kamaru Usman, who said he’d be more than willing to welcome Woodley back inside the Octagon.

While UFC President Dana White is a fan of fighters who come out asking for fights, it was reported that Usman had suffered fractures in both of his hands following his comprehensive victory over Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 129.

While the UFC has not released a status of Usman’s injuries, color commentator Jimmy Smith, who was working the event over the weekend, claims he saw Usman after the fight and said “The Nigerian Nightmare” was unable to close either of his hands.

If Usman’s hands are indeed broken, he’ll have less than three months to heal and then prepare for Woodley.

The UFC currently has an interim title bout scheduled on June 9 at UFC 225 between former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Santos and Colby Covington. Usman would be banking on that fight being too close to the Aug. 4 event for the winner of that fight to get the chance to fight Woodley.

Stephen Thompson, who is ranked No. 1 by the official UFC rankings, takes on Darren Till this weekend in Liverpool, England, and would be the favorite to earn a trilogy fight against Woodley having already lost and drawn with him in their previous meetings.


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