Over the last few weeks, surging UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington has been ceaselessly campaigning for a title fight with UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, lambasting him at every possible opportunity.
On Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Woodley fired back in a big way.
“When I’m looking down the scope and I’m looking through my sniper rifle, [Covington is] not in the crosshairs,” Woodley said (via MMAFighting.com). “There’s so many other fighters that are right in that mix that I’m looking at. There’s guys who are fighting, maybe rematches and former champions from different divisions, and people who are really running through it. There’s a lot of hungry guys, and he’s in that category with guys like Darren Till, Kamaru Usman. He’s right in there.
“The difference between them and him: Those guys are doing it with their gloves. They’re doing it with their actions. He’s just thinking that he’s supposed to talk his way into a title shot, and it’s sad that our sport does that.”
“When you’ve got a person who – he had 5,000 followers until he disrespected an entire country – he doesn’t quite put himself on that same radar,” Woodley continued. “When you’ve got a person who fabricates and makes up stories — Chael Sonnen was good at it, Michael Bisping is good at it, Conor McGregor is the best at it. If you’re going to go that road, at least sound right. Don’t on one hand be (saying), ‘I’m this tough guy,’ and your script sound stupid.
“Fans want to see blood and knockouts. They don’t want to see some guy just take somebody down over and over again. So I just find it really corny. And yeah, it’s worked, he talked himself into the Demian Maia and Dong Hyun Kim (fights), two guys I (beat). I wrote the book on Maia; he went out and checked it out at the library. Checked the book out, read it, and went out there and got bloodied by a jiu-jitsu guy. Now he thinks he’s going to fight for a title. Sit down somewhere. He’s embarrassing himself.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 21/11/2017.