Former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley and former UFC Interim Welterweight Champion Colby Covington were supposed to meet approximately six times in the UFC, but the bouts never came together for one reason or another.
It appears that the rivalry can finally be settled in September or October, if Woodley is to be believed.
“Looks like I’m going to be fighting Colby Covington,” Woodley said on the Real Quick podcast (via Damon Martin of MMA Fighting). “The date, we’re waiting on right now. I’m pretty confident it’s going to be a main event. Main event ESPN+ me versus Colby. We’re getting real close on a date. September/October. It’s going down for sure.”
Woodley calls the potential bout with the former interim welterweight champion the biggest fight of his career.
“This is a big fight for me, This is probably the biggest fight of my career to be honest. Because the situation, it’s bragging rights. He’s talked all this sh*t, but in my mind, he really knows what time it is but now because he has talked that much sh*t, he’s got to try to live up to it. He’s got to try to beat me. He’s been calling me out for three or four years damn near. So now it’s to the point where it’s personal and the other fights didn’t really mean as much. I feel like [Kamaru] Usman and Gilbert are kind of goofy and I really didn’t feel no animosity towards them. But I feel that with Colby. Some of the other guys I felt the urgency because of how good they were, Carlos Condit and Robbie Lawler, those guys are the OG’s. “The Natural Born Killer,” “Ruthless,” “Gorilla” [Darren Till], all these monstrous fighters that I got to bring it to them cause they sure as f**k going to bring it to me. I think Colby’s going to bring me that, the first time I get the opponent at the press conference, we probably just going to break the internet to be honest,” says Woodley.
Covington has yet to comment on the fight potentially happening within the next two months.