Woodley: Colby’s Mouth Costs Him Title Fights
Colby Covington has not officially had the opportunity to challenge for the UFC welterweight championship, and former champion Tyron Woodley feels Covington himself is to blame.
Negotiations between Covington and current champion Kamaru Usman reportedly fell through before the two could come to terms on a fight that would have headlined UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden in November. Covington reportedly felt the offer from the UFC was too low and he should have “A-side” build over Usman.
Covington won the interim UFC welterweight title against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225, but he was stripped of the title one month later when Woodley was able to compete again and a sinus surgery prevented him from unifying the title with Woodley. Injury also prevented Covington from challenging Woodley again early this year before Usman defeated Woodley at UFC 235.
At a Q&A event prior to UFC Vancouver, Woodley said that it’s Covington who keeps blowing chance after chance.
“Colby does a good job of putting his own foot in his mouth,” Woodley said. “He’s talked himself out of three world title fights. He was supposed to fight me before I fought Till, he [expletive] out of that fight. He was supposed to fight me before I fought Usman, he [expletive] out of that fight. You guys can do the math as to what he did with the Usman fight.
“My goal is to get my belt back, so obviously Usman is going to be my top priority. If Colby [wants] to get that [expletive] whupped, he can get whupped up too.”
Woodley, however, says while he doesn’t see eye-to-eye with Covington, he wouldn’t use the term “hate” to describe the relationship between them.
“Hate is a very strong word. I don’t hate anybody,” Woodley said. “The thing about it is I think sometimes we run away from our emotions. You’ve got to use those emotions. I think a lot of time my emotion might take me out of what I do best, which is figure out my opponent, take away their weaknesses, and leave them to deal with me.
“I’m not gonna take that away, but if I get an opportunity where I see him hurt, or if I get an opportunity to beat him to the punch, punch him, grab his neck, break his arm, I’m gonna do it. So this is a fight where I’m excited about the emotion that I have towards him and I know he can’t deal with me.”
Original Story: MMAFighting