The two have been heated rivals for quite some time and Woodley is embarrassed that the interim champion is even a part of the sport of MMA.
“I’m embarrassed that he’s a part of American Top Team,” said Woodley in a video chat on social media. “I’m embarrassed that he’s a part of our sport. I’m embarrassed that he’s in our division — a mockery to the sport, ain’t never did s**t but all of a sudden we can watch those takedowns. I’ve got the highest takedown defense in the history of our sport — not just the division, the history, since this f**king sport started. This kid has never taken me down in his life. He’s never won a millisecond of any round ever, ever, on anything [while training]. He’s a warm up round. He’s the person I shadowbox with before I get the real work in and he will always be that to me. You’re never taking me down. You never took me down in the training room. You ran from me every time we trained. Your ass went home early like a coward — ‘Oh my ankle hurts!’ We were wrestling and you wouldn’t even wrestle me! These are facts.”
There is no date set yet for the title unification bout, but Woodley recently stated that he would like to return from shoulder surgery at UFC 227.
Woodley doesn’t just want to beat Covington up when they meet in the Octagon, but the champion also wants to end his career.
“Colby Covington is coming to get his ass whooped,” Woodley said. “I ain’t never in my life, I ain’t never in my career, I ain’t never in my existence as an adult human being wanted to f**k somebody up so bad, beat somebody so bad, embarrass somebody so bad, end his career so bad, take his life so bad — and I don’t even say that figuratively. Literally, I’m gonna try to hurt him so f**king bad they’re never gonna want to let me fight in the UFC again, that’s a fact.”
It would appear that a normal fight inside of the Octagon may not be enough for these longtime rivals.