Former UFC champion Tyron Woodley felt the necessity to make one factor completely clear Saturday with regards to combating rival Colby Covington.

“I’ve accepted the struggle each single time they’ve provided me the struggle,” Woodley mentioned in an Instagram video. “I accepted the struggle the day after my struggle with Gilbert Burns. They requested me about combating Colby actually the subsequent day. I mentioned, ‘Yeah, let me simply let this minimize heal, and my legs are sore from getting kicked. However I’m in, let’s do it.’ Didn’t even ask for extra money. Simply mentioned let’s do it as a result of I’m bored with listening to his mouth.”

Since 2017, Covington (15-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and Woodley (19-5-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC) have feuded, however a struggle has by no means materialized, with each males accusing the opposite of ducking. This week it’s been Covington with accusations after he posted an unsigned bout settlement for Aug. 22 on social media.

“I gave my verbal affirmation. I signed the contract,” Covington instructed MMA Junkie. “Why is he not exhibiting up now? He’s been speaking all that sh*t saying I ducked him, this, that. He’s the one one which’s ever ducked me. I’ve by no means ducked him.”

However this isn’t about Woodley ducking a struggle with Covington. Woodley simply needs extra time.

“Sure, I’ll struggle him. However I’m gonna do a camp,” Woodley mentioned, including that he’d simply been cleared from a watch damage sooner or later earlier. “I’m not gonna go on the market and struggle Colby Covington with no full camp.”

Woodley, who’s on a two-fight skid that features dropping his title struggle to Kamaru Usman, is coming off a loss to Gilbert Burns, which happened Might 30 and was the end result of weeks of turmoil.

Woodley was set to struggle Leon Edwards on March 21 in London till the struggle was canceled as journey restrictions elevated due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Within the quick aftermath of the struggle being scrapped, Covington lobbied to step in, however the occasion subsequently was known as off.

The state of affairs left Woodley in limbo after a full coaching camp, and he was thought-about to compete on different dates and in unknown areas because the UFC tried to return from a quick hiatus. After coping with less-than-ideal circumstances main as much as his final struggle, Woodley merely needs a way of normalcy to arrange for Covington in September or October.

“I must reset. And I don’t care who don’t prefer it. We’re fighters, however I wanted to reset, take myself fully out of a camp,” Woodley mentioned. “I used to be stretching out a camp for expensive life. The camp was over with in freaking March, however I stored stretching it out as a result of I didn’t know what the struggle state of affairs could be.”

He continued, “We in, however we’re simply gonna must do it a pair days later. And who instructed you you was within the driver’s seat? You ain’t in no driver’s seat, canine. … You suppose as a result of I misplaced two fights that I’m out of it, that I’m not gonna harm you? You’ve received life tousled.”