Solely two fights matter to Colby Covington proper now.
The previous interim welterweight champion is eyeing a return to the octagon, however is adamant that he’s solely occupied with two potential matchups: A welterweight title rematch with Kamaru Usman, or a long-awaited matchup with former champ Tyron Woodley.
Covington (15-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) has gone back-and-forth on-line with Woodley in a sequence of exchanges that date again to Woodley’s time because the 170-pound champion. The pair had agreed to satisfy to avoid wasting UFC 249, however the reserving of Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje meant their matchup by no means got here to fruition for Could 9.
Regardless of his frequent jibes at Woodley (19-4-1 MMA, 9-3-1 UFC), Covington stated his primary precedence stays a rematch with Usman (16-1 MMA, 11-Zero UFC), who stopped him with simply 50 seconds remaining of their title battle at UFC 245 in December 2019. Usman has been strongly linked with a title protection towards Jorge Masvidal subsequent, however Covington nonetheless thinks there’s an opportunity he can nip in and take the shot, with “Chaos” satisfied “Gamebred” will worth himself out of the matchup.
“I would like my rematch with ‘Marty Fakenewsman,’ there’s no different battle to make,” Covington advised MMA Junkie. “We’ve received unfinished enterprise. The best way that final battle went down, all people is aware of I used to be profitable that battle, that was my battle till Marc Goddard made a silly resolution to cease the battle when the battle wasn’t even near being over. I nonetheless had 5, 10 rounds in me. I might go all day, I don’t get drained.”
Woodley was scheduled to face Leon Edwards at UFC on ESPN+ 29 in London earlier than the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic put a cease to the occasion. Since then, Woodley has diverted his consideration to Covington, who stated he’s blissful to battle him if his rematch with Usman doesn’t materialize.
“If I don’t get that battle then the one different battle that may make sense for me is to finish Tyron Woodley’s profession,” Covington stated. “You see him on the market broke as (expletive) begging to battle somebody, now he’s over on Cameo however you’ll be able to’t imagine something Woodley says. He’s like ‘Oh, I’m going to battle 3 times in three weeks.’ Bro, you’re a broke (expletive), you didn’t even battle 3 times in 4 years so I feel the UFC is aware of the place I stand.
“I need to make the largest fights occur for the followers, however I’m going to face agency. I would like my rematch, I deserve my rematch. Everyone is aware of who received that night time and provides me a stage enjoying discipline and a reliable ref, and that’s a totally completely different final result subsequent time.”
At all times in form, Covington is simply ready for the decision. He already proved his skill to step in on comparatively brief discover when he put an unbelievable tempo on Robbie Lawler final August.
“I’m severely able to battle at this time,” Covington stated. “If there was a battle tomorrow towards Woodley or Usman, I’d step up and I’d go battle that battle and I’d present the perfect Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington you’ve seen. I’ve been coaching so laborious, I’ve the largest chip on my shoulder since December. I can’t get that unhealthy style out of my mouth. I’m devastated, I’m heartbroken that I received cheated.”