Tyron Woodley retained his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight this past Saturday night (Sept. 8, 2018), choking out Darren Till in the second round at UFC 228 in Dallas, Texas (see it).
While it was easily one of “The Chosen One’s” best performances to date, not everyone was impressed. Unsurprisingly, one of Woodley’s biggest critics was Colby Covington, who says the “predictable” champion defeated somebody who wasn’t ready or worthy of a title fight.
“I was not impressed at all. He shows the same stuff he always shows. He backs up, looking for that right hand, he is predictable,” said Colby during a recent interview on “The Ariel Helwani MMA Show.”
“Look at the way Nate Marquardt fought him, knocked him out and left him in a pool of his own blood unconscious. Rory McDonald beat that little bitch up, he’s a predicable fighter. When you got a little soy boy who is in there, they don’t know what they’re doing, I know what I’m doing. All these guys can talk the talk but they don’t walk the walk.”
Prior to UFC 228, UFC President Dana White declared that Covington — who won the interim belt at UFC 225 by defeating Rafael dos Anjos — would be stripped of his title. According to Covington — who dubbed himself “Mr. UFC” — he has not been informed of such a move. As for when he’d like to face off against his arch-rival, UFC 230 on Nov. 3, 2018, in New York is the ideal spot, as the promotion’s return to Madison Square Garden is currently lacking a headlining title fight.
And when it comes to numbers and popularity, “Chaos” says his title fight against Woodley will be much bigger than the upcoming Lightweight title affair between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, which is set to go down at UFC 229 on Oct. 6, 2018.
“Without a doubt it will be Covington vs. Woodley. The sides in the line that are going to be drawn, the anger, the story line, we have a serious history. Everybody knows that. There’s too much juiciness in that fight,” he added, while dubbing Khabib vs. Conor the “junior varsity” side.
“The Conor and Khabib fight, yeah that’s cool, but, Conor is just looking to get paid and Khabib, all he does is wrestle. They are little lightweights, that’s the JV side. If you want to come up in weight come up to the varsity squad.”
Still, Woodley vs. Covington is a much-anticipated showdown based on on their rocky past. And since Tyron is ready for a quick turnaround and Colby is injury free, there is absolutely no reason for this fight not be be added to UFC 230.