UFC: Tyron Woodley Confirms Colby Covington Fight Is In The Works
Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is currently looking to get back in the win column, after losing his title to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235, and then his comeback fight to Gilbert Burns at UFC Vegas. However, he won’t have an easy task, with his next opponent set to be his former teammate, Colby Covington.
Tyron Woodley vs Colby Covington In The Works
“Looks like I’m going to be fighting Colby Covington,” Woodley said. “The date, we’re waiting on right now. I’m pretty confident it’s going to be a main event. Main event ESPN+, me versus Colby.
“We’re getting real close on a date. September/October. It’s going down for sure.”
Covington recently complained that Woodley turned down the fight for August 22nd. However, although the bout has yet to be finalised, it looks as if the two will finally settle the score inside the Octagon soon enough.
While Woodley was the champion, Covington was also training with him at American Top Team. But the relationship between the two quickly soured once the contender began targeting his teammate as a future opponent.
After years of trying to get the pair matched up against one another with many failed attempts, the hope is that both men will finally be ready to square off in the upcoming months. Considering the tense dislike for one another, Woodley believes this fight means more than any other in his career.
“This is a big fight for me,” Woodley stated. “This is probably the biggest fight of my career to be honest. Because the situation, it’s bragging rights. He’s talked all this s***, but in my mind, he really knows what time it is but now because he has talked that much s***, he’s got to try to live up to it. He’s got to try to beat me. He’s been calling me out for three or four years damn near. So now it’s to the point where it’s personal and the other fights didn’t really mean as much.
“I feel like [Kamaru] Usman and Gilbert [Burns] are kind of goofy and I really didn’t feel no animosity towards them. But I feel that with Colby. Some of the other guys I felt the urgency because of how good they were, Carlos Condit and Robbie Lawler, those guys are the OGs. ‘The Natural Born Killer’, ‘Ruthless’, ‘Gorilla’ (Darren Till), all these monstrous fighters that I got to bring it to them cause they sure as f*** going to bring it to me. I think Colby’s going to bring me that, the first time I get the opponent at the press conference, we probably just going to break the internet to be honest.”
After losing to both Usman and Burns, many began to wonder if Woodley had passed his expiration date. So the 38 year-old understands what a win against Covington would mean for him.
“There’s enough people that want me to hurt him so bad that if I do it, now I’m a hero,” Woodley stated. “We’re not even talking about losing two fights in a row. We’re talking about the kid that finally took care of Colby Covington.
“Usman really didn’t take care of him. He won but had he not dropped him twice, Usman probably would have lost that fight.”
Considering ‘Chaos’ fought for the UFC 170lbs title in his last fight, a win for Woodley could put him right back in title contention.
Pre-Fight Trash Talk
Covington is known for his brash nature and engaging in trash talk, that often pushes the limit. Woodley is obviously fully aware of this and is prepared for him to get personal in the buildup to fight night.
“He’s gonna try to use everything in mental warfare,” Woodley said. “He’s going to try to be racist, he’s going to try to talk about stuff from my personal life, he’s gonna bluff and make up s*** about the gym. He’s going to ask all these daggone questions cause he was in St. Louis with me, so anything he can turn into something he’s going to do that.
“Guess what? I’m going to match him and make him look stupid.”
How do you see Tyron Woodley vs Colby Covington going?