If UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley battles his arch nemesis Colby Covington in the New Year as expected, he’s expecting to have to fend off some takedown attempt. So many takedown attempts, in fact, that he recently made Covington a little wager on the topic.
“I’ll bet you $10,000 every single time you touch my leg for a (takedown) shot, you’ve got to pay me $10,000,” Woodley said on his Hollywood Beatdown show. “I want people to see it for what it is.”
“You don’t want to see these hands. You don’t want to do nothing but try to out-wrestle me. And at the end of the day, he can’t even do that. So I’m challenging you: No wrestling. You touch my leg, it’s $10,000. If I touch your leg I’ll give you $20,000.”
It did not take long for Colby Covington to respond to this challenge. The streaking wrestler issued his retort on MMAjunkie Radio.
“What I make of it is, I’m going to counter him and I’m going to bet him on MMAjunkie Radio that I’m going to give him $10,000 for every punch he throws – all five of them,” he said (transcript via MMANytt).
Colby Covington also responded to Dana White’s recent claim that the next title shot could go to Kamaru Usman instead of him.
“We’re just waiting on Woodley,” Covington continued. “That’s literally what we’ve been waiting on for the last year. He’s been faking injuries. He had his fake shoulder surgery – but he was good to fight Nate Diaz during that time. Now he says he was good to fight me at the Garden.
“By the way, I was ready to defend my belt [after] three months in the Garden, but all of a sudden he couldn’t fight in the Garden a week after negotiations got going. He was out and said his thumb was hurting. That’s fake news, as well, and he’s faking injuries again.
“We’re just waiting on Woodley,” he later added. “Whenever he wants to go, whenever he wants to tell the people – he lies and says fake news to the media – I’m ready to go whenever Woodley wants to go, and this needs to happen. If it doesn’t happen, it’s Woodley’s fault.”
Do you think we’ll see Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington battle in the New Year?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 12/5/2018.