Most people in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community expected Tyron Woodley’s next title fight to be against Colby Covington, though it ultimately went to Kamaru Usman, which is set to go down at UFC 235 on March 2, 2019 in Las Vegas. Nevada.
You can blame lies, broken promises and politics for that.
But “The Chosen One” isn’t deterred one bit in the order of opponents, as he says he will pick everyone off one by one, though ”Chaos” is definitely next after he handles his business with “The Nigerian Nightmare.”
“I recognize that at some point I am going to fight all of these guys. Obviously the world would like to see me fuck Colby up right quick, but I think he is trying to call shots and he’s not a champion so he can’t really do that,” said Woodley on a recent interview with TMZ Sports.
“I’m going to go out there, fight Kamaru Usman and we will see what happens after that. I will fight Colby next up,” he added, while suggesting a quick turnaround after UFC 235.
“Probably in June. I think they got a fight in Chicago in June and I’m a Midwest guy. I train in Milwaukee, which is an hour and a half from Chicago. It’s not that far. I got strong roots there, so it will be a good fight to headline that card.”
Should Woodley live up to his words, it should make UFC president Dana White happy, as the outspoken promoter has slammed Woodley multiple times for being a difficult champion to lock down an opponent for.
First things first, though, as Usman is no walk in the park, staying undefeated so far in his Octagon career at a clean 9-0. While Woodley would like to think Kamaru will play the striking game with him, he predicts a sudden change in game plan once Usman gets popped in the mouth.
“The fight will be promoted as a strike-fest, but after I punch him in the mouth it’s going to turn into a grapple fest,” he added.
Indeed, there are several moving pieces that have to line up perfectly to complete Tyron’s plans, namely getting a win and hoping Covington and UFC work their issues out.