This previous weekend, Tyron Woodley was dominated by Gilbert Burns at UFC on ESPN 9. It was a dreadful efficiency from the previous champion who by no means regarded snug and misplaced all 5 rounds handily. Afterwards, Woodley’s longtime rival, Colby Covington, was fast to attempt to bury Woodley, saying “The Chosen One” is “washed up” and strictly combating for a paycheck. However as fast as Covington was to throw shade on Woodley, it appears the UFC was even faster with attempting to lastly arrange that grudge match.
Talking with ESPN on Wednesday, Woodley revealed that the UFC has already approached him about combating Covington, and that he has as soon as once more agreed.
“They provided me that combat, I advised them I’m in,” Woodley mentioned. “I imply, I simply don’t wish to discuss rather a lot about Colby as a result of Colby is an actor, man. I do know what he’s doing and it is sensible and it’s type of enjoyable to observe however, on the finish of the day, Colby has turned me down 5 or 6 occasions. However I believe after shedding two fights back-to-back I believe it might be a time he could settle for it as a result of he might imagine I’m down and out.”
Covington actually does assume Woodley is down and out, however whether or not the combat will happen continues to be very a lot up within the air. Woodley and Covington have been enjoying fight-tag for practically two years, with out ever even getting a bout formally booked.
After successful an interim championship at UFC 225 in 2018, Covington was presupposed to get his shot at Woodley that fall. As a substitute although, Covington had nasal surgical procedure and was unable to make the UFC’s timeline. As a substitute, Woodley confronted Darren Until at UFC 228 and Covington was stripped of his interim title. The 2 have been once more linked to a bout in March of 2019, however as soon as once more Covington was handed over, reportedly due to a Covington contract dispute. Then, most just lately, Covington postured publicly about stepping in to face Woodley on quick discover when the UFC was scrambling to make occasions occur amid the coronavirus, however nonetheless the combat by no means got here to fruition. It appears the UFC is hoping the fourth time is the attraction although as Woodley says the instantly approached him in regards to the combat after the Burns loss.
“That was the very first thing they did,” Woodley mentioned. “They needed to see if I used to be alright then they provided me the combat towards Colby. I advised Malki (Kawa) to be sure you inform them as we speak, sure. Don’t wait till tomorrow, inform them as we speak sure. I obtained a contusion I’ve obtained to deal and I can’t combat anyway for 45 to 60 days due to the minimize. I’ve been icing six, seven occasions a day, icing, ibuprofen, so I’ve been doing the precise stuff. Preventing Colby proper now’s like combating this race warfare. This brutality and simply the unsettling local weather of our tradition. I’m simply going to take it as that. So, they’ve provided me Colby and I as soon as once more have accepted once more and we are going to see what occurs.”
For his half, Covington appears extra concerned with pursuing a bout with former pal and teammate Jorge Masvidal. Nevertheless, Masvidal continues to be the frontrunner to obtain the following welterweight title shot towards Kamaru Usman, which means Covington’s dance card might nonetheless be open.
Covington final fought at UFC 245, shedding by fifth-round TKO to Usman.
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Prepared for this weekend.
As soon as a Hunter all the time a Hunter!
— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) June 3, 2020
I heard the horrible information about my opponents brother and I do know we gotta go to battle Saturday however I provide my condolences to you and prayers to you and your loved ones @CodyStamann
— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) June 3, 2020
An ideal level.
Think about what fighters who begin experiencing CTE are going to be residing with after their @ufc careers are finished if 2X world champion @timsylviamma can’t get an arm repaired damaged in a world championship combat. https://t.co/uVsJHgreVA
— @CrisCyborg on Youtube (@criscyborg) June 3, 2020
Combat announcement quickly.
Now we have a date and opponent . I can’t wait to get again to work !
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) June 3, 2020
Cejudo taking a stroll down reminiscence lane.
The American Dream is what I’m. I might by no means be the individual that I’m as we speak, if it wasn’t for my humble beginnings. Only a immigrant son that made it out the hood #Maryvale pic.twitter.com/pxngLKkVYU
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) June 3, 2020
Michael Bisping evening.
Thanks for studying and see y’all tomorrow.
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