ABU DHABI – In accordance with UFC president Dana White, Colby Covington is telling the reality: He did signal a contract to battle former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

Following the UFC on ESPN+ 30 weigh-ins, White fielded questions from reporters. When requested about a latest Instagram publish by Covington (15-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) that displayed a signed UFC bout contract to battle Woodley (19-5-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC) on Aug. 22, White verified the authenticity of Covington’s claims.

“It’s a battle we’re engaged on,” White mentioned. “Woodley mentioned he needed to battle him. Woodley’s been speaking about preventing Colby Covington since Colby fought (Kamaru) Usman. It’s true that Colby signed the deal and he’s able to go. We’re simply ready on Woodley.”

As he’s mentioned so many instances earlier than, White as soon as once more reiterated that what is claimed within the public discussion board shouldn’t be at all times the case behind the scenes in terms of fighters accepting fights. White wouldn’t elaborate on the particular holdup on Woodley vs. Covington.

“I’m at all times attempting to make the fights that must be made or individuals need to see,” White mentioned. “Individuals can say no matter they need to say publicly, however behind the scenes, it’s one other story. I can’t communicate actually about what’s occurring. I’ve been (in Abu Dhabi). However we’re attempting to make Woodley vs. Covington, and Covington’s positively in.”

UFC on ESPN+ 30 takes place Saturday at Flash Discussion board on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The occasion streams on ESPN+.