MMA is weird.
We currently have two welterweight champions in UFC. Tyron Woodley holds the “real” belt while Colby Covington carries the interim strap. So it would make sense to have them collide to unify the titles at some point this fall.
Sounds great on paper.
But ESPN reports that Covington was unable to headline the UFC 228 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, as requested, so the promotion considered stripping him of the temporary title and awarding the next shot to Darren Till.
Too bad Woodley isn’t willing to play ball.
“I don’t know what’s happening with Colby, whether he’s injured or not, but I’ve been offered Tyron Woodley and he turned the fight down,” Till told MMA Fighting. “UFC wants me to fight him, but he will not accept it. [UFC] didn’t mention a date or anything, but that’s the fight they wanted to make and he obviously isn’t into it.”
Maybe he’s holding out for this fight?
“What fight? Ain’t nobody offer me shit,” Woodley said on social media. “Thought Qweefington was getting smashed next? Y’all challengers need to coordinate y’all ass whipping better!”
Woodley (18-3-1) has not competed since turning away Demian Maia at UFC 214 roughly one year back. Till (17-0-1), meanwhile, is coming off a unanimous decision win over Stephen Thompson in which he missed weight by several pounds.
Sometimes I wish these posts came with a laugh track.
Anyway, I’m sure this mess will be straightened out in the next day or two and hopefully we can get the 170-pound division back on track.