Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is coming off of an impressive second-round submission victory over Darren Till at UFC 228 and he earlier made it clear that he wanted to headline UFC 230 fight card and defend his title against Colby Covington. But that fight didn’t come into fruition as he had dislocated his thumb and tore three ligaments.
However, there were further talks about Tyron Woodley defending his title against Covington next at UFC 233 in January of 2018 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. However, Colby Covington now believes that Tyron Woodley is deliberately trying to avoid him, he said during an exclusive interview to BJPenn.com MMA site.
“Yo, TyQuil. I’m not saying NyQuil. There’s a new thing that’s been replaced,” Covington said on this past episode BJPENN radio. “If you have a sleeping disorder, just get TyQuil, Tyron Woodley, the gossip girl. You need to stop running, man. Stop f*****g making up all this s**t, all these lies. Oh, you can beat me easy. If I’m such an easy fight, come get this easy fight, mother f****r. You got my belt. You got something that belongs to me. So keep it warm for me because I’m coming to get it, mother f****r. F**k you, Tyron Woodley.”
Both Covington and Woodley used to train out of American Top Team and he even claims that he took Tyron’s soul during sparring sessions.
“I’m the number one contender. I’ve beaten these guys that Tyron fought,” Covington added. “I beat these guys a lot worse than Tyron beat them. So at the end of the day, I’m ready to fight Tyron at a week’s notice, a day’s notice, whenever he wants to go. But it’s ducking season. He’s going to be ducking me for a while. He’s fought me in the gym, and I’ve taken his soul in the gym. So he knows I’m a bad match-up, and he’s going to try and duck me as long as he can.”