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Tyron Woodley accepts fight with Colby Covington

"Colby has turned me down five or six times"

Some athletes seem to be on an inevitable collision coarse. Now, a fight between bitter rivals Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington may very well be on the way. Woodley recently lost his second straight bout in the UFC, after a one-sided decision loss to Gilbert Burns. For Woodley it was a devastating loss that put the brakes on his career. Meanwhile, Covington used the opportunity to rub salt in the wound of his rival.

Now, after several years of talk, they may finally meet in the cage. Woodley recently said that he has been offered a bout with Covington – Which he has accepted.

“They offered me that fight, I told them I’m in. I mean, I just don’t want to talk a lot about Colby because Colby is an actor, man. I know what he is doing and it makes sense and it’s kind of fun to watch,” Woodley told ESPN. “But, at the end of the day, Colby has turned me down five or six times. After losing two fights back-to-back it may be a time he may accept it because he may think I’m down and out.

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“That was the first thing they [UFC] did. They wanted to see if I was alright then they offered me the fight against Colby. I told Malki [Kawa] to make sure you tell them today, yes. Don’t wait until tomorrow, tell them today yes. I got a contusion I have to deal and I can’t fight anyway for 45-60 days because of the cut,” Woodley continued. “I’ve been icing six, seven times a day, ibuprofen, so I’ve been doing the right stuff. Fighting Colby right now is like fighting this race war. This brutality and just the unsettling climate of our culture. I’m just going to take it as that. So, they have offered me Colby and I once again have accepted and we will see what happen.”

A win is much-needed for Woodley, certainly if he still has ambitions to recapture the welterweight title. He lost the title in a decision loss to current champion Kamaru Usman. Covington’s latest fight was also against Usman, losing via fifth round TKO.  The feud between Woodley and Covington has been going on for years now, and if all parties agree then it can finally be settled.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com

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