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Morning Report: Tyron Woodley goes off on ‘complete fraud’ Colby Covington: Never in my life have I wanted to hurt someone so bad

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The UFC has a real bad blood title fight in the making.

On Saturday night at UFC 225, Colby Covington outworked Rafael dos Anjos to claim the interim welterweight title, setting himself up for a unification bout with undisputed champion Tyron Woodley later this year. After his win, Covington vowed to finish Woodley inside of three rounds, and “The Chosen One” is more than willing to give “Chaos” the chance.

Speaking during a live chat on his social media, Woodley responded to Covington’s title win saying he was going to literally try and kill Covington when they fight later this year.

“Colby Covington is coming to get his ass whooped,” Woodley said. “I ain’t never in my life, I ain’t never in my career, I ain’t never in my existence as an adult human being wanted to f**k somebody up so bad, beat somebody so bad, embarrass somebody so bad, end his career so bad, take his life so bad — and I don’t even say that figuratively. Literally, I’m gonna try to hurt him so f**king bad they’re never gonna want to let me fight in the UFC again, that’s a fact.”

Woodley has been the champ since knocking out Robbie Lawler at UFC 201 but hasn’t fought since last July, spending most of the last year dealing with injury issues. In the interim, Covington has risen to prominence in the division based in large part on his newfound trash talking game. Woodley hasn’t been impressed though, calling Covington “a poser” and saying that his act is only successful because the UFC is in star trouble at the moment.

“Number one, he’s a poser,” Woodley said. “Our sport has been so dead that everybody wants to believe it. They want to believe in the hype because we don’t have nothing else riding right now. Jon Jones is out for a minute, Conor’s out for a minute, Ronda’s getting inducted into the Hall of Fame. As far as stars in the UFC, they’re lacking so we are willing to accept the bulls**t that comes out of this kid’s face. Everything is a complete fraud. He’s finessed himself in a position to fight for a world title. Now you’re gonna get what you asked for. You wanted this smoke, you want to come fight the real welterweight champion, now you’re gonna get your ass beat. I’m not gonna knock you out quick. It’s not gonna be no first round knockout. I’m gonna embarrass you, I’m gonna talk to you the whole f**king fight, I’m gonna tell the referee to get back, do not get in my way, do not stop this, I’ll tell you when it’s time to stop this.”

Like most good feuds in MMA history, Woodley and Covington are no strangers to each other. Both compete under the American Top Team banner and Covington spent time as a training partner for Woodley earlier in his career. Because of that shared connection, Woodley says he’s embarrassed by Covington’s whole schtick and, more to the point, knows Covington has no chance to beat him when they do fight.

“I’m embarrassed that he’s a part of American Top Team,” said Woodley. “I’m embarrassed that he’s a part of our sport. I’m embarrassed that he’s in our division — a mockery to the sport, ain’t never did s**t but all of a sudden we can watch those takedowns. I’ve got the highest takedown defense in the history of our sport — not just the division, the history, since this f**king sport started. This kid has never taken me down in his life. He’s never won a millisecond of any round ever, ever, on anything [while training]. He’s a warm up round. He’s the person I shadowbox with before I get the real work in and he will always be that to me.

“You’re never taking me down. You never took me down in the training room. You ran from me every time we trained. Your ass went home early like a coward — ‘Oh my ankle hurts!’ We were wrestling and you wouldn’t even wrestle me! These are facts.”

There’s no timetable yet on when Woodley and Covington will settle their beef but Covington could be in for a quick turnaround. Woodley has repeatedly said that he is cleared to return to fighting and would like to get back and defend his belt by August.


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Holm. Holly Holm interested in reclaiming title, possible Amanda Nunes fight.

Farewell. Dana White says Rashad Evans told him that he’s retiring from MMA.


VIDEO STEW

UFC 225 post-fight show.

Post-fight presser highlights.

Season 3, episode 1 of Lookin’ for a Fight.

Andre Berto knows whats up.

Floyd also stopping his MMA talk.

Free fight.

The Bisping-Covington interview everyone is talking about.


LISTEN UP

LT Cast. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC 225.

6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC 225.

Severe MMA. Discussing UFC 225, Brave Belfast, KSW 44, and answering fan questions.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Congrats.

Robert Whittaker just breaks things against Yoel Romero it seems.

@robwhittakermma Fought 4 Rounds with a broken thumb for his Family and country.

A post shared by Gracie Grange (@graciejiujitsusmeatongrange) on

A good point.

The new interim champ unironically uses the term “soy boy.”

This is what should happen.

Punk feeling good.

Jackson post fight.

Yoel has a strong hashtag game.

Continuing response to the weigh in change.

Also, Aljo is under the impression unions are physically impossible to organize.

If they’re not gonna do a third Whittaker fight, Romero-Jacare 2 isn’t a bad idea.

USADA.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1) vs. Henry Cejudo (12-2); UFC 227, Aug. 4.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2011: Junior dos Santos won a unanimous decision over Shane Carwin at UFC 131.

2017: Mark Hunt knocked out Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 110.


FINAL THOUGHTS

That was an absolutely stellar night of fights on Saturday, even if maybe some of the judging could have been better. I hope they do a third fight between Whittaker and Romero - I’d watch those two fight ad infinitum.

Light week this week folks so take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.


EXIT POLL

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