Rising UFC welterweight title contender Colby Covington may be going against the grain with his over-the-top trash talk, but it’s really starting to pave a way for the 29-year-old in his pursuit for UFC gold.
After beating up Brazilian legend Demian Maia last month at UFC Fight Night 119 and verbally trashing the entire country of Brazil, Covington has directed all his efforts at current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. Not only has Covington claimed that he broke “Chosen One” inside of the gym at American Top Team, but now the brash contender is taking personal shots at the 170-pound king.
“There’s not going to be any friendly terms [between me an Tyron Woodley],” Covington said during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “This is not talk, this is not something that we’re promoting, this is real legitimate beef. We have an actual feud. If I see that dude in the streets, we’re going to be throwing blows and he’s going to be face down unconscious on the concrete. So, I have no respect for Tyron Woodley. The guy’s a piece of sh*t. He tries to claim all this sh*t. The guy, I mean, this is the type of dude he is, that he brings out these coaches for training camp, like four or five different coaches, and then he doesn’t pay them when he makes agreements that he’s going to pay them a percentage of his fight purse. So that tells you what kind of person Tyron Woodley is. So, I don’t respect that person.”
While Woodley has demonstrated one of the most well-rounded arsenals in mixed martial arts (MMA) since entering UFC back in 2013, Covington believes it would be easy work to drag the champion to deep waters and let him sink.
“He’s a piece of sh*t, he’s a fake, he’s a fraud,” Covington continued. “Me and Tyron Woodley, there’s no other fight to make, it’s me versus Tyron Woodley. That fight will not go three rounds. The same thing in the gym, you know, first round I put a high pace on him, I come out with a lot of volume, a lot of strikes, a lot of takedown attempts, in the clinch, elbows, knees, batter him up. And then he gets tired, he gasses, he has no gas in tank, he fades quick. He wouldn’t make it three rounds, I guarantee it on my contract, on my UFC contact, within the 10 to 12-minute mark range in the fight he’ll be dead and broken and I’ll will have dogged him, just like I did in the gym.”
Even with a laundry list of premier contenders lining up to get their crack at Woodley’s welterweight crown, Covington is quickly beginning to stand out among his peers. An upcoming main event clash at UFC on FOX 26 between former UFC champions Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos is supposed to spit out the next No. 1 contender, but if anything goes wrong, or if Covington continues his personal attacks on “Chosen One,” maybe a grudge match between the two ATT standouts will come to fruition.
Until then, fight fans will have to listen to Covington for just a little bit longer.