At UFC 228, Tyron Woodley successfully defended his welterweight title, submitting Darren Till with a D’Arce choke after bludgeoning the English challenger. That beatdown came with a cost, though. Woodley broke his hand in the bout, sidelining the champion for 8-12 weeks. Now though, “The Chosen One” is almost fully recovered and targeting an early 2019 return.
Speaking on his Instagram over the weekend (video courtesy of Skip2MyMMA) Woodley said that he is hoping to headline UFC 233 in Anaheim, Calif., assuming his hand will allow. If not, he’s still planning on fighting in the first quarter of next year, wherever the UFC wants him to.
“My hand is doing well, healing up nicely,” Woodley said. “I’m cleared to fight at the top of next year so the UFC is trying to figure out when I’m fighting. We already know who I’m fighting. January, February, March, one of those months. I’m looking at January 26 real closely. It’s kinda close though on my hand so we’ll see. If I can do it, you better believe it’s done. If I can’t do it then we might se me fighting in Vegas on March 2nd or London. I kinda don’t want to fight out of the country but I’m not gonna be trying to pick the location.”
As for his opponent, there’s no question about who will be standing across the octagon from him when Woodley does make his return. Colby Covington was originally supposed to face Woodley at UFC 228 in a title unification bout but a nasal surgery prevented him from accepting the bout. The UFC then stripped him of his interim title and gave the fight to Till. Now, with both men recovered from their surgeries, Woodley is ready to beat up his former training partner, who he clearly doesn’t think much of.
“Colby used to be my warmup guy,” said Woodley. “I hate to break the news to you, but I used to pay him to beat him up. 500 bucks a week plus food plus hotel plus rental car plus gun range plus entertainment plus personal trainers, pad work, massage therapy, yoga. I spoiled the little waste of sperm, now all of a sudden he’s bumping his gums.”
Woodley and Covington have been going back and forth in the media for the last couple of years as Covington has adopted a brash, antagonistic persona to help move him up the rankings. It’s worked, earning Covington an interim title shot against Rafael dos Anjos and soon an actual shot against his American Top Team stablemate, even though Woodley is convinced that most of the other contenders at welterweights are better fighters and tougher matchups for him.
“There’s a lot of good guys in the division,” said Woodley. “Just because I think I’m the best don’t mean that there’s not some other people that can think they’re the best. It’s not to say that those people don’t think that if they get in the octagon with me, they might have the chance to do something nice. It don’t mean it’s gonna happen. The only person I don’t really f*ck with is Colby because he knows he can’t beat me. There’s no chance. He wanted me to fight him injured with a f*cked up hand and I almost took the fight because I still would have beat him.”
But despite his disdain for Covington, Woodley is still keen to fight “Chaos,” if only to shut him up for good.
“He gonna get beat up,” concluded Woodley. “He gonna get hurt, he gonna get embarrassed and hopefully retire so we don’t have to hear that terrible trash talk a second longer. It’s just gotten to the point right now where his name just makes my spirit vex.”
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Jon Jones (and Rashad).
Yeah it’s official, I am never replying to chuck calling me out again. https://t.co/oDYJ91Aes0— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) November 25, 2018
It’s easy for him to talk shit when he knows he’ll never be in the top 10 again. His theory makes no sense, I was freaking massive for that OSP fight. Literally bigger and more ripped than I had ever been for any previous fight. Hey Rashad https://t.co/kHvQzS9lur— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) November 25, 2018
First of all I never accused you of cheating. What I did say was in the fight with OSP you had a bit of ring rust. I worked broadcasting that night and I even said then you were different. I alluded to nerves and what you been through. I keep it real. I dont speak bad about you.— Rashad Evans (@SugaRashadEvans) November 25, 2018
I dont need to be top 10. I was for many years. I competed. I had a great time it's over and I'm ok with that. I can't image how you feel right now coming back after everything. I wish you nothing but the best in your next fight. It seems like you ready to get out of your own way— Rashad Evans (@SugaRashadEvans) November 25, 2018
Tito feeling very vindicated.
Ken knows how hard it can be to walk away.
Chael still looking for that fight, and who can blame him after Saturday?
MMA— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) November 25, 2018
"GOES DOWN SMOOTH EVERY TIME..."
Conor planning to return next year it seems.
2019 is when we launch in the U.K and Australia!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 25, 2018
2019 is when I will also be back inside the OctaRing!
We are very excited!
Thank you for the support brother https://t.co/jVm7ujWIvq
Mickey Gall definitely understands how MMA works.
Always good stuff happening in the fight world. A lot to catch up on over the weekend. @Alistairovereem wins @francis_ngannou wins and @ChuckLiddell did not win but is a legend ! I’ll be back grappling this week. I’ll know more about my arm like when I can beat up @mickeygall— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) November 25, 2018
Fight news coming soon.
Something to be aware of.
On Monday Khabib Nurmagomedov will announce what is expected to be the biggest partnership deal in Russian sport pic.twitter.com/fLurYtUwkf— Denis Geyko (@DenisGeykoRT) November 23, 2018
Oh good. More comebacks.
Only if frank mirr is open for one https://t.co/0fzCmK9URf— Tim Sylvia (@timsylviamma) November 25, 2018
This is friggin’ wild.
Crazy scenes unfolded at todays Max Muay Thai, as Gou Dakui knocks out both his opponent and referee at the same time. pic.twitter.com/jfrFeVsPo6— Yodsanan (@_Yodsanan) November 24, 2018
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Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday (for our American readers) and I sincerely hope you didn’t end up watching Chuck-Tito III because wow was it bad. And now we’re gonna have to see Anderson get deaded too.
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