Colby Covington Says Tyron Woodley Has Turned Down Two Fights With Him
Colby Covington isn’t ever one to mince his words and Tyron Woodley is once again the target of his latest verbal onslaught.
Speaking with Submission Radio this week, Covington put the UFC welterweight champion on blast for ducking him and said that he was contradicting himself by not taking a fight with either himself or Rafael dos Anjos.
“All these fans hate him,” Woodley said. “He wants to be a hero, he wants to be the good guy, all the fans are telling you – I’ve literally had thousands of replies from Twitter that say, ’Tyron, if you knock out Colby I’ll be your biggest fan, I promise I’ll support you for the rest of your career’. Like, aren’t you seeing that I’m your money fight? If you wanted to become a megastar, you have to come and fight me and beat me up. That’s what you have to do to get to the next level. But he’s not seeing that, man, he doesn’t care about that. He’s not in this for his legacy or to be the best welterweight fighter, he thinks he’s looking for a money fight with GSP or Nate Diaz. Those guys aren’t even fighting anymore, they’re out of the picture.
“There’s no money fight for Woodley. I mean, there’s not a money fight for him because he’s not a draw anyways. He couldn’t sell 100,000 pay-per-views. It’s either me or RDA, but he’s got to fight someone. He’s also saying that he doesn’t want to fight RDA either. He’s just two-faced, man. When he was #4 in the world, he sat out for two years to wait for a title shot. Now I’m #3 in the world and I’m clearly the next in line. RDA fought three fights at welterweight. Last year RDA was getting knocked out by a lightweight Eddie Alvarez and getting beat up by Tony Ferguson. That’s never happened to me, no one’s ever beat me up in my career. That dude doesn’t deserve a shot at Tyron Woodley.”
Just a few weeks ago, Covington came out and said that he’d accepted an offer to coach opposite Woodley on the next The Ultimate Fighter series. Unfortunately, Woodley didn’t sign the contract and that idea now appears to be on the backburner.
As you can imagine, this hasn’t best pleased Covington who has now been left high and dry without a fight.
“Yeah, I thought it was the perfect thing that was going to happen,” Covington said. “The drama that’s there, you know, our history that we have in the gym at American Top Team. And this is a real beef, this is going to spice up The Ultimate Fighter and bring back a different element to the ultimate fighter that it’s been missing the last couple of seasons. So, the UFC wanted to make it happen, but, you know, diva-girl Woodley’s over here crying about a little fake toe injury and a fake shoulder injury. So, it’s just sad. It would have really been a great season, but he’s out here scared in Hollywood, so tough to make it happen.”
“That’s two times he’s refused to fight me,” Covington said. “If he starts doing it anymore, they’re going to talk about an interim title or stripping him. So, you know, it’s getting close to that light. He ducked me at UFC 219. The UFC wanted to make Tyron Woodley versus Colby Covington for the welterweight title on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, and then he ducks me for The Ultimate Fighter show. That’s why he got the shoulder surgery, to make it look good so that he media, and the UFC are like, ‘oh, I got the shoulder surgery so he’s cleared of his name. Oh, it doesn’t make me look bad that I turned down two fights, that I turned down a fight on Dec. 30 versus Colby Covington, but I was good to fight Nate Diaz.’ You know, the truth will speak for itself very soon.”