Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks are competing for the vacant UFC Women’s Flyweight Title in the main event of UFC 230, but Covington says he was ready to compete on the card.
“I was ready to go [for UFC 230] up until, you know yesterday, until they announced that chick fight that no one knows who they are — I still don’t know who they are — but you know, no one really cares about them, but that’s besides the fact,” Covington said in an interview with BJPenn.com. “You know up until yesterday I was ready to go, I was ready for ‘TyQuill’, Tyron Woodley, and the negotiations went south. He probably didn’t get a cut of pay-per-view that he was looking for, so he threw his little temper tantrums and said ‘oh, I’m gonna sit out till next year’ and ‘I need this much time recovery.’ It’s fake news, you can’t believe anything that guy [Woodley] says, that guys is a fake news reporting machine.”
The outspoken welterweight was also willing to fight Nick Diaz on the card, but says that Diaz didn’t want to fight on the same event as his brother.
“Even my agent Lambert had approached me about it, it was a fight that was in the works and it was a possibility, but when push came to shove, he realized that he didn’t wanna fight on the same card as his little brother,” Covington said. “He didn’t wanna take another loss like his little brother. “Those little bitches in 209, they ain’t as hard as they seem on the outside. They are a fucking bunch of scared little bitches, all they do is fight girls these days.”
UFC 230 takes place on Saturday, November 3 from Madison Square Garden in new York, New York with Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.