Despite being in UFC limbo, Colby Covington still holds out hope he can unify in the UFC Welterweight Championship in the near future.
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Covington appeared on Submission Radio and expressed his desire for a title unification bout at the recently announced UFC 238 pay-per-view from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
The American Top Team product didn’t specify who he desired to fight but made it clear he believes his foe for the night will be Tyron Woodley. Covington says Woodley will “starch” Kamaru Usman at UFC 235, but left the door open for the potential that the fight will be a “boring” five-round affair.
“Woodley is going to starch Usman for sure,” Covington shared on Submission Radio.
“It’s a boring fight. It could go five rounds and just be a borefest, and Woodley just backs up to the cage and lands his shots when he needs to. He’s the more experienced fighter.”
Regardless of how the fight plays out, Covington isn’t giving Usman much of a chance claiming that “Snoozeman” has “barked up a tree he isn’t ready for” and will leave the T-Mobile Arena with his second career loss.
This scenario would lead to the much-anticipated fight between Covington and Tyron Woodley and represents the ideal outcome for most MMA fans.
“Snoozeman hasn’t even beat a guy coming off a win yet, all the guys he has beaten are guys coming off losses. He’s inexperienced. He’s not ready for the moment, and he’s barked up a tree that he’s not ready for. He’s not on that level. He’s going to get knocked out, and hopefully I can unify my title with Woodley and finish his career sometime this summer.
However, Covington is aware that his future with the company may play out very differently and is preparing accordingly.
Covington has been at odds with the UFC since the company announced Woodley would be fighting Usman at UFC 235 instead of Covington who captured the Interim UFC Welterweight Championship last June. He believes this was punishment for not fighting Woodley at UFC 228 in September of 2018. Covington claims UFC doctors did not medically clear him and that Dana White tried to convince fans he had flat out refused the bout.
“Chaos” remains adamant that he “could give a f–k less” about the UFC and Dana White, who Covington now refers to as “Uncle Fester.” The self-proclaimed “people’s champion” still plans on conducting “big business” wherever his career takes him, even mentioning WWE as a future employer.
Covington did not display an ounce of self-doubt in the interview, remaining steadfast in knowing his worth and not succumbing to the “shady business tactics” of the UFC. He added that he is giving the company until the end of the year to “shit or get off the pot.” While it is unclear what will happen at the end of that time frame, it seems that this is Covington’s self-imposed deadline for the UFC to give him a title shot.
Buckle up folks; this saga is far from over.
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