Sources — Woodley hand injury KO’s Lawler fight


Former UFC champion Tyron Woodley has been forced to withdraw from a welterweight bout against Robbie Lawler on June 29 due to a hand injury, sources said.

Woodley (19-4-1) was supposed to headline UFC Fight Night in Minneapolis opposite Lawler (28-13). UFC is seeking a replacement to keep Lawler on the card.

There is no immediate time frame for Woodley’s return. The 37-year-old underwent surgery on his right hand last year, due to a dislocated thumb.

Sources said Woodley is scheduled to see a hand specialist next week.

Fighting out of St. Louis, Woodley surrendered his 170-pound championship to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 in March. The June 29 bout against Lawler was supposed to be a rematch of a 2016 welterweight title fight, which Woodley won via first-round knockout.

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