Covington Calls Out Poirier, Slams Woodley’s Performance
Colby Covington has no sympathy for Tyron Woodley, following his devastating loss to Gilbert Burns at UFC Vegas. The former welterweight champion was dominated in every aspect of the fight and appeared helpless in the closing rounds.
A Moment Of Silence For Woodley
Covington and Woodley have a long history of calling each other out but the bout has never come to fruition. Now, Colby has shared his opinion about his rival’s loss with Submission Radio (as transcribed by MMA Fighting).
“Let’s start off by having a moment of silence for Woodley’s career. Hold on just one second. Moment of silence, (pours liquid out of his coffee mug onto the floor). That’s Woodley’s career going down the drain. Just like I told you guys, he’s washed up. He don’t want to fight no more, he’s TMZ Woodley. He’s out there rapping making songs about me, hurting people’s ear drums.
“Who called it? I said he’s washed up. I said he’s 40 years old. He’s a 40-year-old virgin. He doesn’t want to fight anymore. All he did was show up for a pay cheque, so I figured we’d have a moment of silence for him and I’d pour out a beer for his career and just like his career, it went right down the drain.”
The pair were set to face each other in 2018 after Covington secured the interim welterweight title. However, Woodley chose to defend the belt against Darren Till, after ‘Chaos’ underwent nasal surgery. Kamaru Usman then earned himself a title shot, which resulted in him taking over the championship spot at UFC 235. Following the title loss, Tyron took 18 months leave, during which, he had surgery and became an established analyst on the ESPN UFC commentary team.
Business Must Go On
A loss to Burns has seen ‘The Chosen One’ plummet in the stacked 170lbs rankings. Covington now believes that his chance of fighting Woodley has passed.
“In my opinion, business goes on. It sucks. I built that fight for three or four years. I was begging to fight that guy on five days’ notice because I know how washed up he is. He never wanted to fight me, plain and simple. Even when he was the champion and I had the interim title, he was begging to fight lightweights, he was begging to fight anybody but me, and I’m the first guy to scare the champion into elective shoulder surgery.
“The guy’s been scared of me since day one. I think people just found out how much I am a man of my word. Every time I say something, it’s the truth. Maybe it’s the brutal, honest truth, but it’s still the truth. He ducked me his whole career and that’s that. He can go and know that he was a coward. [He] didn’t want to fight the best guys in the division.
“The thing is, he’s happy now. He got these two losses out of the way and he got these paychecks, but you know what? Woodley didn’t have to lose to me so he can ride off into the sunset and go to his retirement home and be happy that he doesn’t have to deal with the psychiatric [treatment] that he would have had to deal with if he would have had to fight me. So he’s thankful and he’s lucky. He dodged a bullet.”
Street Judas And Marty ‘Fake Newsman’
Burn’s near perfect performance on Saturday night boosted him up to the number one contender spot. A move which has distanced Covington further away from another title shot.
“I could care less [about Burns getting the next title shot]. Nobody knows who that guy is. Let them fight. That just means the biggest fight in the welterweight division has opened the door, and that’s me versus ‘Street Judas’ Masvidal. Everybody knows that’s a real beef and that score needs to be settled. ‘Judas’ Masvidal, he’s got nowhere to go. We know he ducked Marty ‘Fake Newsman’ but he’s got no other fights to be made. The biggest fight that can happen is the man, me, versus the loser, ‘Street Judas’ Masvidal.”
Covington announced his departure from American Top Team in May after claiming that his opportunities for growth within the team had come to an end. With team loyalties now out of the window, the fiery welterweight has switched his attention to a rivalry with former teammate Dustin Poirier.
Covington To Poirier: ‘I’ll Paint Your Blood On The Canvas…’
Usman and Jorge Masvidal remain Covington’s primary targets. However the pair are expected to face each other later in the year, which has led Colby to switch his attention towards Poirier in a bid to remain active.
“There’s only two fights to make in the welterweight division, that’s me versus Marty Fakenewsman or me versus street Judas Masvidal. And if they can’t do that, what about Dustin Poirier? He was telling all the nerds in the media, ‘oh, next time I see Colby, it’s on sight.’ It’s on sight, motherf***er? Let’s go meet in the Octagon then. I’ll paint your blood on the canvas just like a modern-day Picasso.”
“Doofus Dustin, he needs to man up for his word. His word was, ‘Oh, I’m gonna fight Colby on sight’. I’ve seen that guy multiple times. He didn’t even try and fight me cause he knows what happens if he tries to fight me, he’s gonna get put down real quick. He’ll never be able to look at his daughter the same again, and his wife will probably divorce him cause he’s gonna be ugly as f*** after I’m done with his face.”
After ATT introduced a zero tolerance policy on trash talking between its own fighters in March, Covington publicly apologised to Poirier. However, ‘Chaos’ says he only done this out of respect for ATT owner, Dan Lambert.
“That was when I was under the rules of a gym. I was respecting the rules and I made promises. And everybody knows I’m promises made, promises kept. And I respected Dan Lambert and I didn’t want to put him in that position. But guess what, guys? Now we’re at Colby Covington Incorporated CCI, and we do whatever we want. There’s no feelings. This isn’t the Ultimate Feeling Championship, it’s the Ultimate Fighting Championship.”
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