A highly anticipated and mouth-watering fight between former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and former title challenger Colby Covington has been set by the UFC for September 19.
The rivalry between both the fighters goes back years and there were talks about the pair fighting back in 2018, but it never came into fruition.
Both fighters are coming off of loses and this makes the match-up a highly staked one. In an interview with MMAFighting, Colby Covington stated that he was going to beat up Woodley and finish him.
“We are going to see the best Tyron Woodley we have ever seen in this fight. Speaking of his last two fights, those guys, yeah they beat him on the judge’s scorecard, this fight ain’t going to the judge’s scorecards,” Colby Covington said to MMAFighting.
“I’m leaving no doubt that I am the best welterweight in the world. I’m going to add another world champion to my resume. My long list of amazing resume I already have. I’m going to finish him, it is not going to the judge’s decision I promise you that. He will get left unconscious inside that Octagon.”
“If Tyron Woodley does not leave the Octagon on September 19 live on ESPN on a stretcher then I didn’t do my job,” he said.
Fighting Colby Covington right now is like fighting this race war: Tyron Woodley
Tyron Woodley said that he was offered the fight against Covington immediately following his loss to Gilbert Burns.
“They [UFC] wanted to see if I was alright then they offered me the fight against Colby. I told Malki (Kawa) to make sure you tell them today, yes. Don’t wait until tomorrow, tell them today yes. I got a contusion I’ve got to deal and I can’t fight anyway for 45 to 60 days because of the cut.
“I’ve been icing six, seven times a day, icing, ibuprofen, so I’ve been doing the right stuff. Fighting Colby right now is like fighting this race war. This brutality and just the unsettling climate of our culture. I’m just going to take it as that. So, they have offered me Colby and I once again have accepted again and we will see what happens.” Tyron Woodley concluded. (H/T – MMAFighting.com)
Tyron Woodley is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Gilbert Burns in May. Although there were talks about him retiring after a one-sided beatdown from Burns, the former champion made it clear that he isn’t retiring.
On the other hand, Colby Covington is coming off of a fifth-round TKO loss to Kamaru Usman at UFC 245, which took place in Las Vegas last December.