Tyron Woodley used to train with both Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington so he is well-versed in knowing how they match up against one another.
All three welterweights used to train at American Top Team and for Woodley, he believes those past training sessions give Masvidal the advantage. According to “The Chosen One” he says “Gamebred” was the big brother in training and it’s hard to get past that.
“I feel like Masvidal is going to win, because Masvidal is always big brother,” Woodley said on MMAJunkie Radio. “Once you have big brother syndrome over someone, I feel like you can’t really shake that unless you have a big breakout moment and you can consistently keep up. There’s a couple of guys that I used to wrestle and they would always beat me. Then I would beat them one time and I just f*****g got a little cocky and I just started beating them consecutively. That don’t happen very often.
“I don’t think Colby had enough time fighting at the highest level in the gym with Masvidal to have had that moment,” Woodley continued about Masvidal-Covington. “Whenever he started getting to the point where he started talking enough to get himself in position, he had to leave the gym. They weren’t even training together anymore. So I don’t think he had a large enough victory in the gym.”
Although Tyron Woodley believes Masvidal defeats “Chaos”, he admits there is a path to victory for Covington. However, he’s confident Masvidal will be able to keep it standing and have success there.
Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington are set to headline UFC 272 on March 5 in a highly-anticipated fight. The two used to be main training partners and roommates but had a massive falling out and have since been bitter rivals. Both men are also coming off losses to Kamaru Usman for the belt and are both looking to try and get the third fight.
Who do you think will win, Jorge Masvidal or Colby Covington?