Last week, rumors began flying that the UFC was considering stripping Colby Covington of his interim welterweight title because he was injured and unable to fight Tyron Woodley for the UFC’s targeted date in September. Covington denied the rumors and said they were looking at a title unification bout in November or December but top contender Darren Till fanned the flames by saying that he had been offered a fight with undisputed champion Tyron Woodley but that the champion turned the bout down. Now, “The Chosen One” is saying both men are full of it.
Speaking with TMZ Sports recently, Woodley said that the UFC hadn’t even approached him about unifying his belt with Covington’s in September.
“They never even called me about the fight,” Woodley said. “That’s the funny part. [Covington and Rafael dos Anjos] fought June 9th, I never got a call even to fight him. I never got a call.”
Covington won the interim welterweight title with a unanimous decision victory over former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225. He has been vocal in calling out “Tyquil” Woodley for over a year now but, Woodley says, when push comes to shove, “Chaos” has shown he doesn’t really want to fight.
“I just said, ‘Hey, you won the boo-boo belt, now come get your ass whooped,’ said Woodley. “Now all of the sudden - his name is Queefington - Queefington was supposed to fight me and then he said, ‘I talked all the shit, hold on! I gotta actually get in there with this dude and fight him?’ So he called Dana and said, ‘Hey, Dana um,my vagina’s sore, and um, I don’t think I can fight Tyron Woodley.’”
Woodley didn’t use up all of his ire on Covington though. The champ was equally as dismissive of Till, who put himself into the title conversation with a unanimous decision win over Stephen Thompson in May, in a fight where Till missed championship weight by four pounds.
“So now I got somebody who hit me up at 2:00 AM on Twitter saying, ‘sign the contract,’” Woodley continued. “I hate when fighters do that. I don’t have no damn contract and who are you? Didn’t you just miss weight?
“If you want to fight me, there’s a proper way to do it. My manager gets paid to set fights up. If you want to fight me have your manager set it up, have Dana White set it up and that’s the deal.”
After winning the belt at UFC 201, Woodley defended it three times over the next year, the last time being a unanimous decision win over Demian Maia last July. Since then though, Woodley has been dealing with a shoulder injury that has kept him sidelined. “The Chosen One” now says he is back and ready to defend his belt but that all the welterweight challengers need to figure out who gets the first shot at him because he’s not dealing with all of the hubbub.
“I don’t know what they’re gonna do,” Woodley said. “That’s what I told them. I don’t know what fights y’all are talking about. Ain’t nobody offered me s**t. Y’all challengers need to better coordinate how y’all are gonna take this ass whooping because I ain’t dealing with the circus.”
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Huge pile of beef.
You walk the same weight as I do you dont need 6 more months— Cindy Dandois (@DandoisCindy) July 21, 2018
That is not my walking weight. That is my pre fight bulking weight. My body is still learning it. You wanna fight Cyborg after that horrible ufc debut?— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) July 22, 2018
By the way... I believe you have a loss against @IndiaGomesMMA who is also in the featherweightdivision and is also calling out @criscyborg ... so u want to talk about one bad performance with a broken foot... (I DID NOT get a TKO against @AlexisDavisMMA, who is a vet too)— Cindy Dandois (@DandoisCindy) July 23, 2018
And I am Not talking strash. Its only fair to say that there should be also fighting featherweights for the belt... I think Amanda is a very strong fighter. Just dont wanna see the division die!— Cindy Dandois (@DandoisCindy) July 23, 2018
Tell me what featherweight would be better than fighting me?— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) July 23, 2018
I think most of us just feel that if cyborg feels she can fight someone in September, then fight you in December - they should let her. Not a matter of being “better”.— Pamela Sorenson (@PamBam_Sorenson) July 23, 2018
Kkkk @Amanda_Leoa you haven’t fought me at 145 before because you couldn’t keep winning at that weight. I could fight my shadow in a parking lot and sell more than 85k PPV. You can’t be a lion when you’re afraid to fight cats. @catzingano https://t.co/V7z8BawWmQ— CyborgVNunes (@criscyborg) July 23, 2018
I don’t even know how to respond to this nonsense. Just fight me in December. That’s it.— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) July 23, 2018
Definitely a call out.
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Maxin Grishin (27-7) vs. Rakim Cleveland (19-9-1); PFL 5, Aug. 2.
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