Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones also has a beef with Covington, which is why Woodley claims Jones wants to help him train for the potential title unification fight.
“It funny because Jon doesn’t reach out to me very much,” Woodley said on The MMA Hour. “Jon said, ‘Hey, whatever you need, brother. I want to help you.’ I told Jon, I said, ‘Man, you work so hard for your platform, from actually kicking ass and beating legends in their prime, and being one of the greatest fighters we’ve ever seen. Don’t give him your platform.’ Because he put a post up about him. I said, ‘I am going to kick his ass so bad, he’s gonna wish he was dead instead.’” ‘He’s going to try to find a way out.’ I said, ‘So don’t worry about it.’ The dude was like, ‘It can’t happen soon enough.’”
Covington has taken multiple shots at Jones in the past, with the most recent accusations related to Jones’ possible steroid usage in his college days.
Woodley may not wait to get Covington in the Octagon, as the champion is willing to fight the interim champion on the street.
“He might f*ck around and get a fight in the street if I see him close enough,” Woodley said. “He might get it sooner.”
There is no date set yet for the title unification bout, but Woodley did say that he would like to compete again by UFC 227.