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Tyron Woodley speaks out on ‘most pain ever’ after loss to Colby Covington, rib injury

Tyron Woodley, Colby Covington

Fighting professionally since 2009, former UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (19-6-1) is used to the grind and the wear and tear that comes from being a mixed martial artist.

“The Chosen One,” however, revealed that the broken rib he suffered in his UFC Fight Night main event bout against Colby Covington is the “most pain” he has felt ever.

Woodley dropped his third straight fight last Saturday, as Covington was awarded with the TKO victory after the former champion screamed in pain in the fifth round after busting his rib.

Here’s the gnarly x-ray of T-Wood’s injury, as relayed by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.

After being outmatched in the first four rounds, the 38-year-old slugger was trying to lock in a standing guillotine to finish the fight. But Covington took Tyron Woodley down to the mat again, further damaging his already compromised midsection.

Woodley revealed that he already felt a pop in his rib area in the earlier rounds, but he fought through the pain.

Prior to his heated bout with his former American Top Team ally, Woodley already lost his welterweight title to reigning champion Kamaru Usman last year and was also in the losing end of a unanimous decision to current No.1 contender Gilbert Burns.

With the losses starting to pile up for T-Wood, UFC President Dana White even hinted that it might be time for him to hang it up.

“We all get old, man. This happens to the best of us. Woodley’s had a good career. He’s been a champion. He’s been around awhile. He had a good run in Strikeforce, too,” White said. 

A defiant Woodley, however, claimed he has more fight left in him and doesn’t plan on switching camps anytime soon.

“I’m not retiring – I’m not giving it up,” tyron Woodley shared via his social media accounts, as transcribed by MMA Fighting. “I’m not switching all my coaches up. I’m not changing the continent I live on. I’m not doing all that.

“Some sh-t didn’t happen and guess what? I don’t know why it didn’t happen. I did everything to make it happen. Now we just take a deep breath and see what’s next.”