This past weekend (Sat. June 9, 2018) Colby Covington won the interim welterweight championship when he defeated former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in the co-main event of UFC 225 on pay-per-view (PPV) in Chicago.
As a result, this sets up a meeting between Covington and undisputed champion Tyron Woodley in the near future for a unification bout. Woodley and Covington are former teammates, as they trained together at American Top Team.
Covington has been talking a ton of trash about Woodley in recent months, and now that he has the interim title, he is guaranteed a shot at his former teammate.
Just after winning the title Covington got the opportunity to speak to the media about his big win and future fight with Woodley.
Immediately after the fight was over Woodley took to Twitter to send a message out to his former teammate:
In the UFC 225 post-fight press conference, Covington said that Woodley is a joke and that fans will probably start to like him now that he has to fight someone like Woodley, who hasn't put on the most exciting fights in recent memory (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“The guy’s a fake,” Covington said. “He’s out there spitting bars, you should go listen to that. If you guys think you hate me now, go listen to him try to do his rap album right now.
"That’s a joke. Besides that, he’s doing his little gossip and stuff in Hollywood, he’s doing these little B-list movie roles that go straight to DVD.
"He’s doing anything but fight. That’s why I’m here. I’m making this welterweight division great again.
“I’m probably going to turn into a babyface (professional wrestling parlance for a ‘good guy’) for my next fight because nobody likes Tyron Woodley,” Covington said.
“That guy’s too busy gossiping about the Kardashians. He’s in Hollywood on his little TMZ stint, so I think people are going to really embrace me as making this division great again, like I am.
“I’ve trained hundreds of hundreds of rounds of sparring at American Top Team,” Covington said. “I know how he fights, he’s real predictable.
"He has his right hand, he’s got no gas tank, he backs up and fights. People are scared of his power, I’m not scared of his power.
"I’ll go right into his power. I’ll get him in the clinch, I’ll do whatever I want with him. I’ll finish him inside three rounds, mark my words.
“This is the undisputed strap,” Covington said. “He had the chance to fight me last December.
"He was good to fight Nate Diaz, he was good to fight [Georges St-Pierre], but he couldn’t get his money fight and all of a sudden he needs preventative shoulder surgery that he waited eight months to get after Demian Maia.
“This is the real strap, he has the paper strap. Now he knows I’m the money fight. I built that fight. And no one wants to see him, they want to see me."
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