When Colby Covington defeated Rafael dos Anjos to capture the UFC interim welterweight title at UFC 225, he set up a title-unifying showdown with undisputed champion Tyron Woodley.
The pair’s fight has been discussed for September or October, but Covington claims he won’t be rushing back into the Octagon. He’s enjoying a bit of a break after the madness of UFC 225, and if that doesn’t work for Woodley, well too bad. Covington gave a timeframe for the fight on the latest episode of BJPENN.COM Radio.
“The thing is, now I hold the cards,” Covington said of his anticipated fight with Woodley. “So I’m not gonna rush back to fight when he wants to fight me. We’re gonna fight when I wanna fight, and I wanna fight in November. That’s a good time frame for me.”
“I just fought fucking a month ago, I’m not gonna be fighting September, October” he continued. “I’ll be fighting in November. So, that’s what I’m looking at right now. I hold the cards. Tyron had his chance. We could have fought three or four times. They offered him three or four different cards in the past, and he cried, ‘Oh no! Ugh! I want a money fight! I want [Conor] McGregor. I’ll fight [Nate] Diaz.’ But then they offer him me and [he says] ‘Oh, I gotta get a shoulder surgery.’ So he’s came and gone. He’s on TMZ gossiping about the Kardashians. He’s in Hollywood with the liberal scum. He’s trying to do these B-list movie roles that go straight to DVD.”
“So, he could do all that little acting career, but he’s gonna fight me when I’m ready to fight, and that’s November. He doesn’t have the cards anymore, I hold the cards.”
If this fight does happen in November, of course, Madison Square Garden is likely to be the host venue, as the UFC is scheduled to return to the hallowed arena with UFC 230 on November 3. That works just fine for Colby Covington. In fact, that’s what he wants.
“I’m pushing for Madison Square Garden,” he said. “So, make sure you tell Woodley, Madison Square Garden. I would tell him on social media, but he lives in his little safe space. He blocked me on all the social medias, on Instagram and Twitter, so I can’t get at him and tell him Madison Square Garden. He’s acting hard out there saying, ‘Oh, I’m gonna do this to Colby. I’m gonna do that.’ But that’s all talk, man. Why you blocking me?”
Do you think we’ll see Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley fight at Madison Square Garden this November?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/12/2018.