Woodley, who is coming off of a loss to Gilbert Burns at UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Burns, says he has been offered and has accepted a bout against Covington.
“They offered me that fight, I told them I’m in. I mean, I just don’t want to talk a lot about Colby because Colby is an actor, man. I know what he is doing and it makes sense and it’s kind of fun to watch,” Tyron Woodley said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (via Cole Shelton of BJPenn.com). “But, at the end of the day, Colby has turned me down five or six times. After losing two fights back-to-back it may be a time he may accept it because he may think I’m down and out. That was the first thing they [UFC] did. They wanted to see if I was alright then they offered me the fight against Colby. I told Malki [Kawa] to make sure you tell them today, yes. Don’t wait until tomorrow, tell them today yes. I got a contusion I have to deal and I can’t fight anyway for 45-60 days because of the cut,” Woodley continued. “I’ve been icing six, seven times a day, ibuprofen, so I’ve been doing the right stuff. Fighting Colby right now is like fighting this race war. This brutality and just the unsettling climate of our culture. I’m just going to take it as that. So, they have offered me Colby and I once again have accepted and we will see what happen.”
Covington and Woodley were reportedly set to meet multiple times in the UFC, but those bouts fell apart for a variety of reasons. Although Woodley did mention that he accepted a bout against Covington, no date or location has been revealed for the potential fight at this time. If the bout does come together, it would also mark the first time Covington has competed since leaving American Top Team (ATT).