Colby Covington was expected to fight Tyron Woodley for the welterweight title prior to last weekend’s UFC 235 event.
However, Colby’s “promised” title shot went to Kamaru Usman instead, and “The Nigerian Nightmare” went on to dominate Woodley for all five rounds to take home the strap.
Although it was an impressive performance by Usman, Covington believes Woodley is focused on too many things outside of fighting to be a champion.
“He’s been one foot in for the last couple years,” Covington said to Bloody Elbow. “He’s got so much on his plate, he’s out here trying to rap albums, he’s trying to do acting, he’s trying to do broadcasting — he sucks at all of them.”
Frankly, Covington doesn’t believe Woodley even wants to fight anymore following his lopsided loss to Usman.
“His career is over,” Covington said. “He’s made all his money, he’s cashed out, he’s not a real fighter anymore. He doesn’t want to be here to make his division great again like myself. That was already a broken man (in the cage against Usman).”
“He’s not the type of guy when things get tough he’s gonna come back stronger,” ‘Chaos’ later added. “He’s not resilient; something bad comes to him, he doesn’t know how to fight back.”
For now, it appears that Tyron Woodley will have to work his way back up to a title shot as Colby Covington was recently told he is getting the next crack at the belt.
Covington believes he is the only logical choice to fight for the belt next.
“Obviously, I’m the biggest draw in this division, I’m the real world champion, and I’m gonna fight for the title next,” Covington explained. “It’s gonna be me and Snoozeman, and Woodley’s the odd man out.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 3/7/2019.