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Grude match Tyron Woodley vs Colby Covington now official – Odds released!

The bitter rivals are finally set to collide in the octagon

After months of trash talk and contention between the fighters, welterweight rivals Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington are now set for battle, with a date, odds and all else falling into place. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani was the first to report the bout, which is expected to go down on September 19th. Both fighters have previously held a UFC title and the high-stakes grudge match will serve as the main event.

Tyron Woodley vs Colby Covington odds

Despite being the more credentialed fighter out of the two, Woodley will enter the bout as underdog.  Ohmbet have him, listed at 3.00 times the wager, while Covington is a noticeable favourite at 1.38. It’s not often that Woodley has been deemed such a sizeable underdog, though his recent performances undoubtedly affect the odds makers decision-making.

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Woodley held the welterweight title between 2016-2019. During his reign he defended his title against the likes of Demian Maia, Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and Darren Till. While on top, Woodley looked great, that is before losing his title to current champion Kamaru Usman. Woodley was completely shut down, mounted no successful offence and lost via a crystal clear unanimous decision. He was then once again completely shut down in his latest outing, where Gilbert Burns completely dominated the champion for five full rounds.

Covington has of the past few years been one of the biggest antagonists in the UFC. After dispatching Dong Hyun Kim amongst others, he won the interim welterweight title in 2018 following decision win over Rafael dos Anjos. He would, however, later be stripped of his title after that he was unable to face then champion Woodley. He then defeated Robbie Lawler, earning a title shot against the above mentioned Usman, losing via fifth round TKO.

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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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