Tyron Woodley on Colby Covington: ‘Everybody is laughing at him’

Saturday, January 12, 2019

UFC middleweight Tyron Woodley was injured, and when Colby Covington won the interim title with a unanimous decision vs. Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225, a unification fight seemed inevitable. However, Covington was nursing some injuries so Woodley's next defense was a victory against Darren Till, and the interim title was stripped, but a fight with Covington still appeared natural. However, Kamaru Usman put together a 13-fight win streak capped with a dominating performance vs. Rafael dos Anjos at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale on November 28, and UFC president Dana White determined Woodley vs. The Nigerian Nightmare was next.

Covington had been promised a title shot, and when it was removed, he lashed out at UFC president Dana White, in repeated interviews. Woodley spoke recently with The Mac Life, and, basically, laughed.

”I think it’s hilarious he’s trying to get a pity party like someone’s going to come to his rescue,” said Woodley, as transcribed by Ryan Harkness for MMA Mania. “Everybody’s laughing at him.”

”It’s funny that Colby had all that s*** to say. He had many chances to fight me and Dana finally, like I’m always getting called out, but for the first time Dana called him out, Colby had a chance to fight me in September and he didn’t do it. So ... you can only take his f***ing act for so long, eventually people are going to see what the real deal is.”

”I think he thought he ran the show. I don’t think he actually recognized that they’d put on a fight without him. Before, he wanted to do the surgery, I think he wanted to wait until November to fight. This time I think he thought they were bluffing and they called his bluff and said ‘You know what, this is what we’re doing.’”

”It’s not my job to promote, but maybe they should let him sit there and not make money for a couple months, and let me keep fighting and get momentum behind me and then come and get to him. I really don’t want nobody else to fight him because I think he’s going to lose. I don’t want Ben [Askren] to fight him, I don’t want [Darren] Till to fight him. I think those guys would beat him and it’ll mess me up for my chance to fight him.”