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Vacationing Colby Covington needs time to address ‘health issues’ before retiring Tyron Woodley once and for all

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It was recently revealed that Darren Till was offered a title fight against Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 228 on Sept. 8, 2018 — which was promptly rejected by “T-Wood” — after interim champion Colby Covington was deemed unfit to compete by the date proposed.

For his part, “Chaos” doesn’t deny the report, saying he needs a little time off to rest his body after putting it through the ringer. But his plans to end Woodley’s career are still in motion, and he wants it to go down in the “world’s most famous arena.”

“We’re looking at doing it in November, December. You know, I need a little time off, I need to do a little recovering,” said Covington in a recent interview with Submission Radio. “I’m only human, man, I gotta get a little vacation. I just can’t keep running my body through the ground, going through training camps. You have to be strategic, and you know, November, December works for me. I had little health issues after my fight, so I’m getting those taken care of and by the year’s end I will unify my belt and retire Tyron Woodley for good,” he added.

With Covington and Woodley’s rivalry well-documented, “Chaos” believes it’s the biggest championship fight to make, especially since Conor McGregor’s fighting future is still up in the air, while Daniel Cormier won’t be able to fight for a while with a broken hand.

“I think the storyline that makes the most sense, this is the biggest fight that the UFC’s gonna make this year. There’s still questions regarding when Conor’s coming back, who knows when he’s coming back,” said Colby.

“They don’t know when DC’s gonna fight again because he’s got a broken hand. So, this is the biggest fight that UFC can serve. So, if you wanna serve the biggest fight between Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington and ‘TyQuil’ Woodley, they need to serve it up at the world’s most iconic arena, and that’s Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York. So, that makes the most sense for the fight.”

The promotion does have plans to stage UFC 230 on November 3, 2018, though no fights have been announced at this time. A title fight between Woodley and Covington would fit the bill nicely as either the main event or co-headlining spot.