A report recently surfaced that UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley was defending the gold against Darren Till at UFC 228, with Till replacing UFC Interim Welterweight Champion Colby Covington for reasons that have yet to be revealed.
Covington claims he isn’t turning down an opportunity at the UFC Welterweight Champion, but would rather have the fight later in the year.
“We’re looking at doing it in November, December,” Covington said on Submission Radio. “You know, I need a little time off, I need to do a little recovering. 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.”
The interim champion believes his bout with Woodley is the biggest fight the UFC has to offer and would like it to happen at Madison Square Garden.
“I think the storyline that makes the most sense, this is the biggest fight that the UFC’s gonna make this year,” Covington said. “There’s still questions regarding when Conor’s coming back, who knows when he’s coming back. They don’t know when DC’s 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.”
Woodley has stated through social media that a bout with Till has never been offered to him, meaning Covington’s wish for a title unification fight later this year can still come to fruition.