Are We Close To Seeing Tyron Woodley Vs. Colby Covington?
After doubts were creeping in as to whether the bout would be booked or not, it appears a grudge fight is about to come to fruition.
Former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley spoke with Mike Swick about plans to face Colby Covington. It appears a bout could take place within the next few months.
“Looks like I’m going to be fighting Colby Covington,” Woodley stated, via MMA Fighting. “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.”
This is not the first time we have been teased with a fight between the two.
Covington (15-2), a former interim UFC Welterweight Champion, was a former teammate of Woodley’s (19-5-1) on American Top Team. His persona and interest in the UFC Welterweight Title broke any relationship they had. Tensions flared up again when Covington posted a picture of a bout agreement between the two. It was meant for August 22 but Woodley appeared to decline the offer. This was due to Woodley fighting Gilbert Burns back in May.
Woodley believes this is a fight that not only could help him return to glory, but shut the mouth of Covington for good.
“This is a big fight for me,” Woodley went on to say. “This is probably the biggest fight of my career to be honest. Because the situation, it’s bragging rights. He’s talked all this sh*t, but in my mind, he really knows what time it is but now because he has talked that much sh*t, 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.
After losing to Warlley Alves at UFC 194 in 2015, Covington went on to seven-fight win streak, winning the interim UFC Welterweight Title in the process. He also gained a controversial persona that made him marketable. “Chaos’” last fight was in December, losing to champion Kamaru Usman via TKO at UFC 245.
A former Strikeforce competitor, Woodley made his UFC debut in 2013. He beat Robbie Lawler for the UFC Welterweight Title in 2016 and defended it four times. “The Chosen One” lost the title to Usman at UFC 235. A collegiate wrestler, Woodley last fought against Burns, losing via unanimous decision, his second loss in a row.
Woodley stated Covington v. Usman was a close affair that he could have seen Usman losing. Knowing Covington and how he works, Woodley can see the leadup to the fight being very tense. He will look to block out the noise and give Covington all that he has.
“He’s gonna try to use everything in mental warfare,” Woodley stated. “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**t 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.”