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Tyron Woodley enters free agency after UFC contract expires

UFC Fight Night: Covington v Woodley Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight titleholder Tyron Woodley is no longer under contract with the promotion, leaving his UFC future in doubt.

Woodley, who fought out his contract with a submission loss to Vicente Luque at UFC 260 this past March, is currently riding a four-fight losing streak. The former 170-pound champion hasn’t captured victory inside of the Octagon since a submission win over Darren Till at UFC 228 back in 2018.

Per a report by MMA Fighting, Woodley is officially a free agent and able to sign with any promotion he desires. Of course, “Chosen One” could always work out a new deal to stick around with UFC, but it is unknown at this time if the promotion wants to keep around an aging veteran coming off four-straight losses.

Woodley’s manager, Malki Kawa, took to social media on Saturday to confirm his client is longer a part of the UFC roster. Kawa also debunked the rumor that Woodley was released from the promotion.

Woodley, 39, will go down as one of the best welterweight champions in UFC history behind the legendary Georges St-Pierre and Matt Hughes, as well as current titleholder Kamaru Usman, who defends his belt later tonight (Sat., Apr. 24, 2021) against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 (results HERE). “Chosen One” had a chance to break away from the pack, but after three-straight title defenses from 2017-2018 Woodley was defeated by Usman at UFC 235 and hasn’t won since.

While UFC could bring Woodley back on a one-fight deal to prove if he still has the chops to compete within the welterweight top 15 it’s more likely that the veteran fighter lands with another promotion.

Stick with Mania for ongoing news on Woodley’s next landing spot.

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