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 news was first reported by Ariel Helwani of ESPN. The fight could be the co-main event at UFC 253 as it is also scheduled to take place on the same date.
UFC 253 is being headlined by UFC middleweight champion Colby Covington and Paulo Costa.
Tyron Woodley x Colby Covington is closer to becoming a reality than ever before. They have both verbally agreed to fight in September. Currently, it’s the main event on Sept. 19. But that’s the UFC 253 date, no? Well that might move to Abu Dhabi on 9/26. Fluid right now.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 10, 2020
“Tyron Woodley x Colby Covington is closer to becoming a reality than ever before. They have both verbally agreed to fight in September. Currently, it’s the main event on Sept. 19. But that’s the UFC 253 date, no? Well that might move to Abu Dhabi on 9/26. Fluid right now,” Ariel Helwani tweeted.
While having Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington can significantly stack the card and give people a more bang for their bucks, but as Helwani pointed out there’s a significant chance of the fight taking place at Vegas and UFC 253 being shifted to Abu Dhabi on 26th September.
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.
Fighting Colby 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)
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