UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and interim division champ Colby Covington have had a bitter rivalry for the past several months.
Covington defeated former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in the co-main event of UFC 225 on pay-per-view (PPV) to capture the interim 170-pound title. He will ultimately challenge Woodley to unify their titles at some point down the road.
Woodley expressed interested in having that fight at UFC 227 in Los Angeles this August. Covington seems more interested in getting some more promotion time to have the fight this November from Madison Square Garden.
For the past several months, Covington has been relentless in his trash talk towards Woodley. He even went as far as making some interesting claims about what happened between them in the American Top Team training room.
What Really Happened
Covington claims that he dominated Woodley in sparring and made him quit in the third round of a five round scheduled session.
Woodley has a different account of how that session went down. He recently joined The MMA Hour to talk about Covington and what happened between them at ATT.
Here's what he had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I talked to (coach) Din (Thomas), I said, ‘Din, you know what? I’m going to take him down, and watch how he reacts.’ And I tortured him for the whole practice,” Woodley said.
“He ran off the mat basically crying, storming off, and I have people who are willing to come forth and testify to the training camp.
"Tell me one person that’s going to testify that Colby whooped my ass in practice. Tell me one person that’s going to lie under oath and let God above hear them say he beat me in anything.
"He ain’t ever beat me at thumb wrestling.
“Not only has he never taken me down, he’s never won a millisecond of a round,” Woodley added. “I can’t even imagine when he’s won an exchange of combinations.
"He ran from me the entire training camp. He went home early, saying that his toe was hurting.
"And when it was time to really wrestle, he had my striking partner … in there with a broken wrist wrestling me, while Colby was sitting in the weight room acting like he didn’t know what was going on.
“So the fact that he would even bring that up, I’m going to whoop his ass so bad. I’ve never wanted to hurt somebody in my life. I’ve never wanted to beat somebody up so bad.”
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