LAS VEGAS – Colby Covington squandered little time rattling off all the factors why his UFC on ESPN+ 36 major celebration versus Tyron Woodley is an simple struggle to industry. They are the identical explanations the UFC noticed healthy to hold the duo apart all through Thursday’s pre-struggle information convention.
It’s as uncomplicated as previous welterweight champion Woodley (19-5-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC) using his solo portion to repeat “Black life matter” statements and Covington (15-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) carrying a “Make America Terrific Again” hat when it was his turn.
“Animosity. You’ve acquired two men who want to consider each and every other’s heads off,” Covington instructed reporters, including MMA Junkie. “You’ve received crimson vs. blue. You’ve acquired me capitalism vs. him communism. You have received MAGA vs. maggots. This is a heated rivalry.”
This battle has been talked about for rather some time, courting back again to when Woodley held the welterweight title, and it started turning out to be obvious that Covington could back his out-of-the-cage gimmick with superlative competencies on fight night. It just turned out Woodley misplaced his belt ahead of the battle could get created, and Covington as an alternative lost to recent winner Kamaru Usman, making this battle all the additional urgent for equally.
Woodley has invested time education with Covington’s previous teammate, Jorge Masvidal, but Covington insists the only detail he figured out from Masvidal is how to eliminate.
“I believed that was a terrific recreation approach for Tyron Woodley, to practice with a guy I utilised to defeat up just about every day so he could discover how to drop to me,” Covington explained. “The only detail they activity approach is how they are heading to make their alimony payments. I compare him to the Tin Guy he has no coronary heart. So I just realized if we at any time crossed paths it was likely to be an simple night time for me, and which is what’s heading to materialize on Saturday night. It’s going to be simple money. I’m going to expose him.”
The way Covington sees it, a victory sets him up for either a rematch with Usman or a grudge match with Masvidal. But not until finally he settles the rating against the man who is right away in entrance of him.
“Both of those people guys are going to get it. It does not make any difference in which purchase it goes, it could be ‘Marty Fakenewsman’ or ‘Street Judas’ Masvidal. They are equally likely to get it unless of course they’re both of those cowards and tuck their heads between their tails and run off. People are the only two fights I’m hunting for soon after I conclude Tyron Woodley’s occupation on Saturday night on ESPN.”