This past weekend, Tyron Woodley was dominated by Gilbert Burns at UFC on ESPN 9. It was such a one-sided performance that even Woodley was not terribly upset by it, saying he had “a weird peace for someone who just got they ass whooped.” It was the second dreadful performance from Woodley in a row, following his title-losing showing against Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 in 2019, and now the wolves are coming out for the former welterweight champion.
“Let’s start off by having a moment of silence for Woodley’s career,” Covington began. “Hold on just one second. Moment of silence, (pours liquid out of his coffee mug onto the floor). That’s Woodley’s career going down the drain. Just like I told you guys, he’s washed up. He don’t want to fight no more, he’s TMZ Woodley. He’s out there rapping making songs about me, hurting people’s ear drums.
“Who called it? I said he’s washed up. I said he’s 40 years old. He’s a 40-year-old virgin. He doesn’t want to fight anymore. All he did was show up for a paycheck, so I figured we’d have a moment of silence for him and I’d pour out a beer for his career and just like his career, it went right down the drain.”
Woodley and Covington have spent the better part of three years trash talking one another and posturing for a fight that never came. First, Woodley and Covington were expected to face one another after Covington won an interim title in 2018, but Covington was unavailable and instead, Woodley defended against Darren Till. Then Covington was again seemingly on tap to face Woodley next but instead, was passed over for Kamaru Usman, reportedly due to contract negotiations from Covington. Usman, of course went on to defeat Woodley but the rivalry matchup was again in discussion as a short-notice replacement fight when the coronavirus began upending the best-laid plans of the UFC. Instead, Woodley faced Burns and now, it seems like he and Covington will never fight, something “Chaos” says is what Woodley wanted all along.
“In my opinion, business goes on,” Covington said about losing the fight with Woodley. “It sucks. I built that fight for three or four years. I was begging to fight that guy on five days’ notice because I know how washed up he is. He never wanted to fight me, plain and simple. Even when he was the champion and I had the interim title, he was begging to fight lightweights, he was begging to fight anybody but me, and I’m the first guy to scare the champion into elective shoulder surgery. The guy’s been scared of me since day one. I think people just found out how much I am a man of my word. Every time I say something, it’s the truth. Maybe it’s the brutal, honest truth, but it’s still the truth. He ducked me his whole career and that’s that. He can go and know that he was a coward. He didn’t want to fight the best guys in the division.
“The thing is, he’s happy now. He got these two losses out of the way and he got these paychecks, but you know what? Woodley didn’t have to lose to me so he can ride off into the sunset and go to his retirement home and be happy that he doesn’t have to deal with the psychiatric (treatment) that he would have had to deal with if he would have had to fight me. So he’s thankful and he’s lucky. He dodged a bullet.”
But Woodley’s loss to Burns didn’t just take that potential fight away from Covington, it also moved Covington even further away from a title shot. With his win, Burns skyrocketed to the number one ranking in the UFC welterweight division and there are now talks of him getting the next title shot against Kamaru Usman. But, ever the optimist, Covington says that will work out just fine because it means the UFC can focus on making the real money fight in the welterweight division, him vs. his former teammate and “best friend,” Jorge Masvidal.
“I could care less (about Burns getting the next title shot). Nobody knows who that guy is,” Covington concluded. “Let them fight. That just means the biggest fight in the welterweight division has opened the door, and that’s me versus ‘Street Judas’ Masvidal. Everybody knows that’s a real beef and that score needs to be settled. ‘Judas’ Masvidal, he’s got nowhere to go. We know he ducked Marty ‘Fake Newsman’ but he’s got no other fights to be made. The biggest fight that can happen is the man, me, versus the loser, ‘Street Judas’ Masvidal.”
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