Last night (Sat. June 9, 2018) Colby Covington laid down his claim to the 170-pound division in dramatic fashion.
Chaos took on former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos for the interim welterweight crown in the co-main event of UFC 225 on pay-per-view (PPV) in Chicago. Despite many picking RDA to win the fight, Covington came out and surpassed many's expectations.
He pressured the Brazilian right out the gate and pressed forward with striking, before attempting several takedown attempts all night.
The fight wound up going the distance, and the judges' scorecards were needed to determine the winner of the bout.
When it was all said and done, Colby Covington took home the unanimous decision win and the interim welterweight crown.
Inevitable Unification Bout
Now this sets up a unification bout between Covington and Tyron Woodley at 170 pounds somewhere down the line.
Covington and Woodley are former training partners, and the interim champ has been gunning for him for quite some time.
After winning the interim welterweight title he'll certainly get that opportunity next. Following his win over RDA, Covington had some words for Woodley, letting The Chosen One know that he's coming for him next.
Covington suggested that Woodley turned down an opportunity to defend his title against him in several months ago.
Apparently Woodley suggested that he needed shoulder surgery to repair an injury, however, he was willing to skip the surgery for a fight with Nate Diaz or Georges St-Pierre.
Of course, neither of those fights ever came to fruition for Woodley and he went through with the surgery. He's eyeing a return to the Octagon in Los Angeles later this year.
Woodley took to Twitter to react to Covington's interim title win, tagging UFC President Dana White in the post and urging him to call him so they can nail down a time and place for the unification bout:
He then fired back at Covington's post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, reminiscing back to their old days as training partners and referring to Colby as his 'warm up round':
A match-up between Woodley and Covington would certainly be an interesting one. Woodley is a tremendous wrestler with knockout power that could end a fight in an instant.
As for Covington, he has proven to be quite an amazing grappler in his own right and has shown flashes of improvement in his stand-up game.
It should be interesting to see how things play out between the pair in the Octagon.
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