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Midnight Mania! Woodley willing to fight Covington at UFC 230 if his thumb gets cleared

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The otherwise stacked UFC 230 is still without an official main event- though rumors have been swirling about the possibility of a Jon Jones return. Tyron Woodley, who just defended his welterweight title against Darren Till, said he is open to putting it on the line again at UFC 230. His dance partner would be erstwhile interim champion, inveterate trash talker Colby Covington. Via

“I’ve got an MRI on my thumb and I’m sending it for a second opinion,” Woodley said. “If I’m good, then I have no issue with fighting in November. The more I fight, the better rhythm I get in the swing of things. Obviously, I just fought, so I’m still in phenomenal shape. I’ve been eating pancakes, shrimp fried rice, brownies – taking a week and eating some bullcrap.

“… It all depends on how severe my thumb injury is. I dislocated it in the first round punching him in the back of the head. I thought it was just jammed.”

That’s not why punching someone in the back of the head is against the rules, but it would seem Woodley suffered unintentional consequences for breaking them.

“The Chosen One” was quick to brush off Covington as a credible threat, saying that his former teammate wouldn’t try to wrestle him. That seems like quite the assumption.

“Think about it: I was going to fight Nate Diaz with a torn labrum,” Woodley said. “He’s not going to try to wrestle me. The only thing he does better than me is dress horribly and wear terrible hats. Outside of that, that’s it. That’s his only advantage – and having extremely corny trash talk.”

He said even if his thumb isn’t one hundred percent, he’s still confident against Covington.

“I would love to fight in Madison Square Garden again,” he said. “Not to sound arrogant, but would never take a fight against Darren Till if not 100 percent confident in both my hands. So I think I could beat (Covington) even if my hand’s a little jacked up.”


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