Tyron Woodley now not underneath contract with the UFC

Tyron Woodley is now not a member of the UFC roster.

MMA Preventing confirmed with UFC officers that the previous welterweight champion is a free agent following hypothesis on social media that Woodley had parted methods with the promotion. Woodley, 39, is now not eligible to be voted for within the fan rankings and his profile on UFC.com reads “former fighter” underneath his identify.

Woodley’s supervisor Malki Kawa additionally addressed the rumor on social media, clarifying that Woodley had certainly fought out his most up-to-date contract and he was not lower by the UFC.

The information doesn’t come as a shock because it was beforehand reported that Woodley’s most up-to-date struggle with Vicente Luque at UFC 260 in March was the final struggle on his contract. Woodley misplaced that bout by first-round submission, extending his present shedding streak to 4.

Whereas nothing precludes Woodley from re-signing with the UFC, as of now he’s a free agent. Following his loss to Luque, Woodley launched a press release through which he expressed no remorse over the aggressive strategy that led to him being completed within the first spherical and provided no indication as to his future plans. Nevertheless, he’s considered one of a number of fighters who has volunteered their providers for a boxing match with common YouTube character Jake Paul. Woodley was in Ben Askren’s nook when Askren was knocked out by Paul on the current Triller Battle Membership occasion.

Ought to Woodley transfer on from the UFC, it is going to finish an eight-year relationship that started in 2013 when Woodley came to visit as a part of the acquisition of Strikeforce. “The Chosen One” went on to win the welterweight championship with a first-round KO of Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 in 2016 and efficiently defended that title 4 consecutive instances. He dropped the belt to present champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 and has but to return to the win column.

Guilherme Cruz contributed to this report.

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