The two rivals used to spar together at American Top Team, which is when Woodley almost made the interim champion cry.
“I talked to (coach) Din (Thomas), I said, ‘Din, you know what? I’m going to take him down, and watch how he reacts.’ And I tortured him for the whole practice,” Woodley said on The MMA Hour. “He ran off the mat basically crying, storming off, and I have people who are willing to come forth and testify to the training camp. Tell me one person that’s going to testify that Colby whooped my ass in practice. Tell me one person that’s going to lie under oath and let God above hear them say he beat me in anything. He ain’t ever beat me at thumb wrestling. Not only has he never taken me down, he’s never won a millisecond of a round. I can’t even imagine when he’s won an exchange of combinations. He ran from me the entire training camp. He went home early, saying that his toe was hurting. And when it was time to really wrestle, he had my striking partner … in there with a broken wrist wrestling me, while Colby was sitting in the weight room acting like he didn’t know what was going on. So the fact that he would even bring that up, I’m going to whoop his ass so bad. I’ve never wanted to hurt somebody in my life. I’ve never wanted to beat somebody up so bad.”
Covington has made similar claims about Woodley in the past, but much like the welterweight champion, it is highly unlikely either can actually prove what they say.
Woodley also claims to have some text messages from Covington that he may release to the general public.
“One thing that Colby is really underestimating, that I will leak these text messages of him,” Woodley said. “I’m his big brother, and I will always be his big brother.”
There is no word yet on when the two champions may collide, but Woodley did say he would like to return to action by UFC 227 this August.