Tyron Woodley says Colby Covington “b*tched out” of title shot

After that negotiations fell through, leaving Colby Covington without his title shot, former champ Tyron Woodley claims to have insight on why

UFC 244 will not feature a welterweight title bout between reigning champion Kamaru Usman and former interim champ Colby Covington. Despite negotiations for the bout, an agreement couldn’t be reached, and the fight fell through. According to former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, Covington only has himself to blame. In fact, Woodley seems to feel that Covington backed out of the fight.


Attending UFC Vancouver as a guest fighter, Woodley took part in the fighter Q&A, and gave his thoughts on Covington missing his title shot.

“Colby does a good job of putting his own foot in his mouth,” Woodley said. “I know people say that about me, but he’s a complete dumbass. He’s talked himself out of three world title fights. He was supposed to fight me before I fought Till, he bitched out of that fight. He was supposed to fight me before I fought Usman, he bitched out of that fight. You guys can do the math as to what he did with the Usman fight.

“My goal is to get my belt back, so obviously (current welterweight champion) (Kamaru) Usman is going to be my top priority. If Colby want to get that ass whupped, he can get whupped up too.”

As of right now, neither Woodley or Covington have a fight booked. While negotiations for an Usman vs Covington bout are expected to be brought up again, nothing is set in stone. Woodley hasn’t fought since losing his title to Usman via unanimous decision at UFC 235. Woodley was scheduled to face former champ Robbie Lawler at UFC on ESPN 3. However Woodley was forced to withdraw from the fight due to injury, and was replaced by Covington – who won via decision.

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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