“It was a disgrace and he needs to do a public apology for what he said about Matt Hughes,” Woodley told TMZ (via Nolan King of MMA Junkie). “… That ain’t funny. That ain’t a joke. He’s blessed to even be here – no matter how he got on the tracks. To joke around about Matt Hughes. To use the Brazilian culture. To use all of these different things. To make a mockery. He’s going to find himself in a way worse situation than an ass whooping in the cage. He needs to find a line and draw it. You can be completely obnoxious, but when you get to those points where you’re touching on issues that are not funny. Talking about people’s nationalities, talking about people’s significant others – you’re going to get hurt.”
Hughes and Lawler have already responded to the controversial comment, while Covington has made it clear that he isn’t taking back what was said.
Woodley even texted UFC President Dana White about fighting Covington after he made those comments.
“I walked out and I texted Dana, ‘I want to (expletive) him up so bad,’” Woodley said. “… He just laughed because he knows looking at the style matchup. You think Colby is going to just rush me and dive at my legs and that’s (expletive) going to be enough? I’m not going to be like Robbie and just slip a million (expletive) punches looking like a damn drill in a boxing gym.”
White said that Covington will most likely get the next crack at UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman, meaning Woodley may have to wait to seek revenge on Covington.