During the ‘Helwani Nose’ segment of ‘Ariel and The Bad Guy’, it was reported that Tyron Woodley will not compete at UFC 230. The UFC always look to stack the card upon returning to combat sports hallowed ground, Madison Square Garden.
UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley was expected to defend his belt against heated rival, Colby Covington. However, Helwani has reported that Woodley has ruled himself out of the November 3rd card citing a hand injury.
Immediately after finishing Darren Till at UFC 228, Woodley mentioned that he cracked his hand against the canvas during the ground and pound. Woodley has revealed that his right thumb was dislocated and will require surgery, sidelining him for eight to twelve weeks.
The question is: who will main event UFC 230? Prior to Jon Jones’ USADA sentencing, there were whispers that he could headline the MSG card in a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson. Dana White explicitly denied the rumours during the UFC 229 press rounds.
The co-main event sees Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz face-off in a pivotal lightweight bout. Although, Poirier has been very vocal about his desire to fight in the main event for the inaugural 165 pound belt.
I personally love that idea. Diaz and Poirier are two of the best fighters from featherweight to welterweight. They would be close to optimum weight at 165, competing almost at peak.
With weight cutting a major issue at the moment, it is time for a light welterweight division. More on that here.
Source: Ariel Helwani