“It wasn’t my best performance, I’ll have better performances, but I’m saving my best performance for Tyron Woodley,” Covington said on the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show.
“Look what I did to Demian Maia. I beat him with a 30-26. Tyron Woodley couldn’t even beat him that bad inside five rounds. I will finish Tyron Woodley inside three rounds.”
Covington, 29, has now won five consecutive fights — a run highlighted by back-to-back unanimous decisions over ranked foes Maia and Dong Hyun Kim. He’s let the world hear about it too, trash-talking everyone from Maia to the residents of Sao Paulo to all of the Brazilian fans in the lead-up to Saturday night.
But Covington has saved his harshest barbs for Woodley, a former teammate of his at American Top Team, and he unleashed them once again after dispatching Maia.
“Tyron Woodley, deep down inside, I know you know what happened to you last time we were in the gym,” Covington said. “I know you’ve been running from me, you’re ducking me, you’re looking for money fights. You ain’t a money fight. (You’re) my fight, motherf*cker. I’m coming to your front door, and if you ain’t answering, I’m coming to take what’s mine: the welterweight title.”
It wasn’t the first time Covington referenced a gym battle against Woodley. In the days before UFC Sao Paulo, Covington spoke openly about his alleged clash with his former teammate. But now, as Covington inches closer and closer to legitimate title contention, the ATT product doubled-down with full force on his story, vowing make history repeat itself if the UFC grants him a shot against Woodley.
“I finished him inside three rounds,” Covington said bluntly. “He was supposed to go five rounds that day. He said, ‘I quit, I’m not going no more.’ He didn’t want to go, he didn’t like the pace. Look at how he fights, man. He backs up, he’s scared to fight, he fights conservative. I’ll finish him. He will break inside that Octagon. He will quit in there, I promise you that.”