No matter what crazy stuff he said, you can’t deny that Colby Covington backed it up by taking out Demian Maia at UFC Sao Paulo. He may be in some hot water, but he made the most out of his time on the mic and called out Tyron Woodley to challenge for his UFC welterweight title. Woodley is out with a shoulder injury and is slated to fight the winner between Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos, but didn’t hesitate to throw some shade at Covington.
“My shoulder’s not what it should be, but this past weekend there was a couple of people bumping their gums about fighting and I was like, you know what? I could actually beat this person with my shoulder the way that it is. So, could I fight and compete? Yes. Would it be very smart especially with your belt on the line, you know, with several figures on the line? Probably not. So, I was trying to go the route of maybe doing a stem cell, doing a PRP [platelet-rich plasma injection] instead of the surgery and just kind of rehabbing it, seeing how strong I can get it first so I can make that decision.”
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) November 1, 2017
“As I’m strengthening the shoulder and I’m getting to that point, I gotta’ make a decision pretty soon. I’m leaning towards not doing a full blown reconstruction, but maybe a smaller version of it where they just scope out the parts of the labrum that were torn that are stuck in-between. That’s causing it to catch, that’s causing it to click, that’s causing it to pop. I think they’re just going to take that portion out, anchor it down, inject stem cells, inject PRP on the way out of the surgery, and hopefully I’m back in three or four months.” — Tyron Woodley speaking on the Anik and Florian Podcast.
The other news from the podcast was Tyron Woodley’s return schedule. Depending on his procedure, he could potentially be back to defend the welterweight title in February or March of 2018. The question is, just who he will fight. Sure, we all know Dana white has said Lawler or dos Anjos will get it, but if Jorge Masvidal or Stephen Thompson performs better they could get the nod. Woodley himself has said he wants to challenge whoever walks out of The Garden as the middleweight champion, but I guess all of that depends on how bad he wants to shut up Colby Covington.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 11/1/2017.