On Saturday night, in the main event of UFC 228 in Dallas, Texas, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley defended his title for the fourth time with a second-round submission of the formerly undefeated Darren Till.
With Till taken care of, Tyron Woodley can now look ahead to his next challenge. When it comes to possible opponents for his next fight, there is one clear frontrunner: Colby “Chaos” Covington.
While Covington is the former interim welterweight champion, Woodley isn’t certain his rival deserves a title shot. The only reason Till got a title shot at UFC 228, after all, is because Covington wasn’t ready.
“[Covington] had a chance,” Tyron Woodley said at the UFC 228 post-fight press conference (via MMA Fighting). “He let Darren Till go out there and take his whooping for him. He tried to pause and tried to wait for a bigger pay-per-view, because his eyes got big. My thing is, I’m gonna fight anybody. I’m the best in the world, anybody they put in front of me, they’re gonna get beat up. If it’s Colby Covington, if it’s [Kamaru] Usman, if it’s [middleweight champion] Robert Whittaker. Whoever they want me to fight, we’re gonna do it.”
“I’m not saying I am gonna fight him, because I don’t feel like he deserves my platform right now,” Tyron Woodley continued. “He had his chance to be here. He bitched out, if you want to be honest and frank. He talked all this crap and when he got in the hot seat, the second he won that belt, I said, ‘Let’s come get this smoke.’ He got quiet. Instagram accounts got taken down for a brief moment and he didn’t say nothing.
“I think it’s an embarrassment to the sport and if that’s the next person that’s gotta get the work, you don’t have to do much to get me up for that fight. We’ll see.”
Who do you want Tyron Woodley to fight next? Do you think Colby Covington deserves the chance?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 9/9/2018.