According to The Sports Journal’s Farrah Hannoun, season 27 of The Ultimate Fighter may be getting coaches who are just beginning a heated rivalry.
So it seems that Tyron Woodley & Colby Covington coaching the next season of #TUF is being discussed as a possibility. Considering that Woodley is about to undergo surgery, it would make perfect sense timeline wise. Colby is the 3rd ranked WW & the back & forth would be fun #UFC
— Farah Hannoun (@Farah_Hannoun) December 14, 2017
As confirmed by Tyron Woodley earlier today, he is, in fact, planning to undergo shoulder surgery.
Former American Top Team(ATT) teammates, Woodley and Colby Covington have since become not so friendly towards one another… Which is somewhat understandable since they’re in the same division and Covington wants to become a UFC champion. But Covington has had quite a unique approach to getting himself noticed. Not that it isn’t working or anything. Woodley has been asked about Covington multiple times during his rise, about his antics and skills(this quote being from an interview on the MMA Hour last month).
“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.”
Covington on the other hand, has stated numerous times how Woodley is scared of him after he “whooped him” in training. Each man last defeated Demian Maia via unanimous decisions and The Ultimate Fighter 27 is will be featuring undefeated Featherweights and Lightweights. The tryouts for the season were just yesterday and MMA Today’s Shawn Bitter has been releasing the cast today and there is still more to come.
Several of the fighters already reported to be on the show are members of ATT which makes this possibility of having these two fighters as the coaches that much more interesting. TUF 27 will begin filming next month in January.
What are your thoughts on these two as the possible coaches?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 12/13/2017