Tyron Woodley has been forced to withdraw from his headlining bout against Robbie Lawler due to a hand injury.
Former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has been forced to withdraw from his bout against Robbie Lawler next month due to a hand injury. The news was broken by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
Woodley was expected to rematch Lawler at UFC Minneapolis next month in the headline attraction. The bout would have been the rematch of their UFC 201 welterweight title-bout, which Woodley won via first-round knockout to claim the welterweight championship.
“The Chosen One” would then go on to retain his title four times against: Stephen Thompson at UFC 205 and 209, Demian Maia at UFC 214 and Darren Till at UFC 228. Most recently, Woodley lost the welterweight strap to Kamaru Usman in a one-sided decision in the co-main event of UFC 235.
Lawler on the other hand was also looking for redemption. He’s coming off back-to-back losses against Rafael dos Anjos in December of 2017, and then most recently losing via first-round submission to UFC newcomer Ben Askren in controversial fashion. Lawler’s last victory came over current lightweight contender and UFC veteran Donald Cerrone at UFC 214 on July, 29, 2017.
The UFC is actively looking for a replacement for Woodley to keep Lawler on the card. At this moment. however, a replacement has not been found.
UFC on ESPN 3 takes place June, 29, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota live from the Target Center. The rest of the card is as follows.
- Jussier Formiga vs. Joseph Benavidez – co-main event.
- Demian Maia vs. Anthony Rocco Martin
- Vinc Pichel vs. Roosevelt Roberts
- Drew Dober vs. Polo Reyes
- Paul Craig vs. Alonzo Menifield
- Sergio Pettis vs. Ricardo Ramos
- Vinicius Moreira vs. Eryk Anders
- Chas Skelly vs. Jordan Griffin
- Jared Gordon vs. Dan Moret
- Justin Ledet vs. Dalcha Lungiambula
- Emily Whittier vs. Amanda Ribas
- Maurice Greene vs. Junior Albini