Covington Will Face Woodley-Till Winner

Just because Colby Covington is no longer the interim UFC welterweight champion, it doesn’t mean he’s completely out of the title picture.

Despite winning the interim belt after a victory over Rafael dos Anjos last month at UFC 225, Covington was stripped of it last week in favor of the UFC setting up Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till for the main event of UFC 228 in Dallas, Texas, in September. Covington underwent sinus surgery this week, which prevents him from competing in the September event. Covington asked to face Woodley later in the year.

UFC President Dana White cleared up the situation during a media scrum.

“So the way that the interim belt works, you fight for the interim belt, which means you get the next shot at the champion,” White said. “You’re the interim title holder. You get a shot at the champ when he’s ready cause the champ is out for whatever reason, for however long. Woodley was back, Woodley was ready to fight and Colby wasn’t ready to fight. So we’re not going to hold up the thing with two belts for the champion.

“When the champion’s ready, you need to be ready to go. So as soon as one punch is thrown in this fight, it’s for the title.”

Fortunately, not all is lost for Covington, as White added he is guaranteed the first crack at the winner.

“He won the title and he’s still the guy,” White said. “When he’s ready, he’ll get the next fight.”

Original Story: MMA Weekly

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