Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley appeared recently on Ariel Helwani's MMA Show, and said he has been offered and accepted a fight vs. polarizing former ATT teammate Colby Covington.
“They offered me that fight, I told them I’m in,” said Woodley. “I mean, I just don’t want to talk a lot about Colby because Colby is an actor, man. I know what he is doing and it makes sense and it’s kind of fun to watch but, at the end of the day, Colby has turned me down five or six times. But I think after losing two fights back-to-back I think it may be a time he may accept it because he may think I’m down and out.”
“That was the first thing [the UFC] did [after the recent loss to [Gilbert Burns]. They 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.”
Covington appears to be more interested in fighting another ATT teammate, Jorge Masvidal, but it's believed that Masvidal will next fight division champion Kamaru Usman.
If Woodley vs. Covington happens, it will be a fourth time's a charm moment. When Covington won the interim belt, they were to fight, but Covington had nasal surgery, and was stipped of his belt, while Woodley fought Darren Till. Then the two were supposed to fight at in the Spring of 2019, but Covington reportedly wanted too high a purse. And then Covington called out Woodley for a short notice fight when the UFC was scrambling to make events during the early days of the COVID-19 global pandemic.