The welterweight division is one of the hottest in the UFC right now. Top contenders Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley were expected to fight years ago.
Covington was offered the fight against the former champion in the headliner of the UFC Aug. 22 event but according to ESPN Woodley won’t be ready until September or October.
Colby and Tyron have been trash-talking for years now. A fight between the two has been brewing and was expected to materialize this summer. Both men have accused each other of turning down the fight.
“Why is he not ready to go in August?” Covington asked MMA Junkie. “He just told his manager, cokehead Malki Kawa at First Round Management, that he wanted to fight Colby last week. We were supposed to fight. He gave his verbal confirmation to the UFC. I gave my verbal confirmation. I signed the contract. Why is he not showing up now? He’s been talking all that sh-t saying I ducked him, this, that. He’s the only one that’s ever ducked me. I’ve never ducked him.
“The one time I couldn’t fight him because I had to get nose surgery, they wanted me to turn around on four weeks’ notice. Let’s talk about the time I scared him into elective shoulder surgery. He was ready to fight lightweights like that soy boy Nate Diaz. That guy’s got nothing, he’s a 50-50 fighter. If he can’t get an easy fight, of course, he’s going to make excuses, and that’s exactly what he’s doing again.”
Covington wants to retire Woodley and is willing to wait a few months for the opportunity to do so.
“All that sh-t that Tyron’s talked, he’s not getting off easy,” Covington said. “He’s going to have to come and hold himself accountable for all the things he said, so whenever Tyron’s ready. I’ll be ready in August, but if he has to push it back to September, then we can do it in September, but he’s not getting out the easy way. I know he wants to show up and be the big brother and save his little brother ‘Street Judas’ Masvidal because ‘Street Judas’ Masvidal is already ducking and diving and looking for any way around not to fight me.
“Send out big brother Tyron ‘Tyquil’ Woodley, and I’ll retire him. Just like I said, I’ve been saying this for years, I’m going to be the one to retire Tyron Woodley, and here it is. When he signs up when he shows up in that octagon and we settle it off, he will get retired, I promise you that.”
Colby wants Woodley next even though Woodley is on a two-fight losing streak.
“This fight’s been built up for years, and to not ever give this fight to the people, I know how many people want this fight,” Covington said. “To not give this fight to the people and just all the history that we have and the way you can sell this fight and market this fight? He’s still a former champion. He’s still a great fighter. Yeah, he’s lost two fights in a row, two decision losses, but he’s going to be hungry to fight me.
“He’s a Liberal, I’m a Republican. He hates Trump, I love Trump, so I would want him to come and speak for his actions that he said in the past, talking sh-t about all Republicans. I stand up for every Republican in America right now, and I’m standing up for them. I’m going to go retire this soy boy liberal.”
Covington is confident Woodley will take the fight sooner or later.
“I do expect him to be a different version,” Covington said. “His last two fights, he had already had $5-$10 million in the bank. He’s made those big pay-per-views by piggybacking off of other stars because everyone knows Tyron Woodley is not a draw. No one gives a sh-t about him.”
“I think him piggybacking off Conor McGregor, him piggybacking off Jon ‘coke’ Jones, put some money in the bank so he lost his motivation, his hunger against the last two guys, especially those guys were trying to be friends with him and acknowledge him for his accomplishments, but now he’s got a guy who he genuinely hates in me.”