At UFC 225, Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington defeated former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos to become the UFC interim welterweight champion. Becoming the interim champion, confirms a unification bout with the undisputed champ Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley.
However, a couple of days ago, #2 ranked welterweight contender, undefeated Darren Till claimed that Covington is ‘out’ and the UFC are working for a title fight between him and Woodley. (via Twitter):
Accept the fight mate @TWooodley
— D (@darrentill2) July 19, 2018
Covington immediately clarified his status in an interview with submission Radio. Covington says he needs some time to recover from the small injuries he sustained and the title bout against Woodley is still on for late 2018.
“We’re looking at doing it in November, December. You know, I need a little time off, I need to do a little recovering,” Covington said. “I’m only human, man, I gotta get a little vacation. I just can’t keep running my body through the ground, going through training camps. You have to be strategic, and you know, November, December works for me. I had little health issues after my fight, so I’m getting those taken care of and by the year’s end I will unify my belt and retire Tyron Woodley for good.”
“I think the storyline that makes the most sense, this is the biggest fight that the UFC’s gonna make this year,” he continued. “There’s still questions regarding when Conor McGregor’s coming back, who knows when he’s coming back. They don’t know when Daniel Cormier is gonna fight again because he’s got a broken hand. So, this is the biggest fight that UFC can serve.”
“So, if you wanna serve the biggest fight between Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington and TyQuil Woodley, they need to serve it up at the world’s most iconic arena, and that’s Madison Square Garden in Manhattan New York. So, that makes the most sense for the fight.”