The new champion theoretically faces UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley next and Covington says he will get the win within three rounds.
“I’ve trained hundreds of hundreds of rounds of sparring at American Top Team,” Covington said at the UFC 225 post-fight press conference. “I know how he fights, he’s real predictable. He has his right hand, he’s got no gas tank, he backs up and fights. People are scared of his power, I’m not scared of his power. I’ll go right into his power. I’ll get him in the clinch, I’ll do whatever I want with him. I’ll finish him inside three rounds, mark my words.”
Woodley recently stated that he would like to fight next at UFC 227, it is unknown if a bout with Covington would come together at that time.
Covington views himself as the real welterweight champion because the fighter claims Woodley has been ducking a fight between themselves for quite some time.
“This is the undisputed strap,” Covington said. “He had the chance to fight me last December. He was good to fight Nate Diaz, he was good to fight [Georges St-Pierre], but he couldn’t get his money fight and all of a sudden he needs preventative shoulder surgery that he waited eight months to get after Demian Maia. This is the real strap, he has the paper strap. Now he knows I’m the money fight. I built that fight. And no one wants to see him, they want to see me.”