Covington: Woodley & Nick Diaz Are Ducking Me
The biggest non-riot controversy in the UFC the past few weeks has been surrounding the main event for UFC 230 on November 3rd.
Many thought it would be Tyron Woodley defending his welterweight title against top contender Colby Covington, then Woodley would be sidelined with a thumb injury that requires surgery and an 8-12 week recovery time. Following that many thought a Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz fight scheduled as the co-main event would move up to the main event spot, Poirier and Diaz looked to “prime the pump” and campaign for it to be for a new 165 pound division title.
The end result is a flyweight title fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks will now go on last at Madison Square Garden on November 3rd.
Covington claimed that he was in talks to fight against Woodley in the UFC 230 main event, but Woodley had a tantrum and ended negotiations..
“I was ready to go [for UFC 230] up until, you know yesterday, until they announced that chick fight that no one knows who they are — I still don’t know who they are — but you know, no one really cares about them, but that’s besides the fact,” Covington said to BJPenn.com. “You know up until yesterday I was ready to go, I was ready for ‘TyQuill’, Tyron Woodley, and the negotiations went south. He probably didn’t get a cut of pay-per-view that he was looking for, so he threw his little temper tantrums and said ‘oh, I’m gonna sit out till next year’ and ‘I need this much time recovery.’
“It’s fake news, you can’t believe anything that guy [Woodley] says, that guys is a fake news reporting machine.”
Covington would also claim that Nick Diaz was “scared” of Covington and wouldn’t want to fight him at UFC 230, who Covington claims was an option as a replacement.
“I was ready for Nick Diaz too, he was another option as well, he was on the table, but I guess he was scared,” Covington said, hoping to be Diaz’ first opponent since 2015. “He didn’t want to take two losses for the Diaz’s in one night. So he’s scared, he is gonna stay on the West Coast, like the little bitch that he is.”
“Even my agent Lambert had approached me about it, it was a fight that was in the works and it was a possibility, but when push came to shove, he realized that he didn’t wanna fight on the same card as his little brother,” Covington added. “He didn’t wanna take another loss like his little brother. “Those little bitches in 209, they ain’t as hard as they seem on the outside. They are a fucking bunch of scared little bitches, all they do is fight girls these days.”
Initial Report: BJ Penn