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 but nothing has been clear yet.
Meanwhile, there are new details emerging and according to Usman who gave an interview to TMZ said that Woodley is recovering from hand surgery and UFC have offered Usman vs. Covington as the Co-main for Brooklyn and Usman has accepted it, but Coby said he is willing to wait till Woodley is recovered.
UFC wanted to book Woodley vs. Covington for UFC 233 on 1/26, however, Woodley is recovering from hand surgery. So they offered Usman vs Covington as the co-main for Brooklyn. Usman has accepted, but I’m told Covington’s preference is to wait for Woodley. Developing.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 6, 2018
“I’m going to go out there and knock out Colby Covington,” Usman said. “That, right now, is the fight. The UFC just called and they offered us that fight. They said, ‘Colby Covington, in January.’ And you know what I’m gonna do. Of course I’ve accepted it – for the fifth time, I’ve accepted the fight. Right now, we’re just waiting on him.
“I guarantee you he’s going to say no. I think there’s a 0.0001 percent chance will make (Covington) fight (me). … But if it’s up to Colby Covington, no.”
Do you guys want to see Usman vs. Covington?