Tyron Woodley crushed Darren Until in the principle occasion of UFC 228, and with that, interim champion Colby Covington misplaced his belt – he had been provided the combat, however declined. Until had had issues making weight in two of the previous 4 fights, so Kamaru Usman weighed in as nicely, as an alternate. Nonetheless, it’s broadly believed that Covington is subsequent for Woodley.
On the post-fight press convention, the champ mentioned be thought Covington blew his probability, however would take the combat if the UFC insisted.
“He had an opportunity,” mentioned Woodley, as transcribed by Marc Raimondi for MMA Preventing. “He let Darren Until go on the market and take his whooping for him. He tried to pause and tried to attend for a much bigger pay-per-view, as a result of his eyes obtained massive. My factor is, I’m gonna combat anyone. I’m one of the best on this planet, anyone they put in entrance of me, they’re gonna get beat up. If it’s Colby Covington, if it’s [Kamaru] Usman, if it’s [middleweight champ] Robert Whittaker. Whoever they need me to combat, we’re gonna do it.”
“I’m not saying I’m gonna combat him, as a result of I don’t really feel like he deserves my platform proper now. He had his probability to be right here. He b****ed out, if you wish to be sincere and frank. He talked all this crap and when he obtained within the sizzling seat, the second he gained that belt, I mentioned, ‘Let’s come get this smoke.’ He obtained quiet. Instagram accounts obtained taken down for a quick second and he didn’t say nothing.
“I believe it’s a humiliation to the game and if that’s the following individual that’s gotta get the work, you don’t should do a lot to get me up for that combat. We’ll see.”
After who, the massive query is when.
“The extra I combat, the higher I get,” mentioned Woodley. “And essentially the most snug I get, the extra assured I get. So I need to keep as lively as attainable. If November is a date they’re in search of a most important occasion, I believe they obtained their man.”
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