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Colby Covington knocks out ‘TyQuil Woodley’ at pro wrestling event

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If Colby Covington can’t get that title shot against UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, it won’t be for lack of outside-the-cage trying.

Covington took on “TyQuil Woodley” at a pro-wrestling event over the weekend in New Jersey and, naturally, won by knockout in the first round via head kick of the parody matchup. The fake Woodley, who was demonstrably not in the shape of the man his character is based on, even came to the ring holding a replica UFC belt at the WrestlePro show in Rahway.

Covington, 29, has been calling for a title shot against Woodley since he defeated Demian Maia at UFC Sao Paulo back in October. The American Top Team product has won five straight. Covington (12-1) boasts an impressive 8-1 record in the UFC and will surely get a top contender fight next if not that chance at the belt.

Woodley has been on the sidelines with a shoulder injury and will likely return somewhere closer to summer.

Covington is no stranger to pro wrestling. He and some of his ATT cohorts, notably ATT owner Dan Lambert and longtime pro wrestler Bobby Lashley, were involved in a storyline with Impact Wrestling for a number of months last year, which extended into 2018. Covington has made it known that he is interested in a run in WWE at some point as well.

First, though, it’s pretty clear a title shot against Woodley — the real one — is his top priority.