If the UFC does strip Colby Covington of the interim welterweight belt, not surprisingly, it doesn’t look like “Chaos” will take that decision laying down.
Recently heads throughout MMA were turned, when it was announced that Darren Till is going to challenge welterweight champ, Tyron Woodley, in the main event of UFC 228. The consensus was that Covington was going to be next for Woodley, not only because he won the interim belt in June by defeating Rafael dos Anjos, but because he’s been verbally sparring with Woodley for months.
But, due to a surgical procedure Covington needs to undergo for a nasal issue, he couldn’t commit to fighting on September 8th. His bout with RDA took place on June 8th.
Since the Woodley – Till bout was announced, we hadn’t heard too much from Covington about it. But, recently he spoke with MMA Junkie, and the controversial fighter had this to say about the situation.
“Why are they trying to rush a camp? This fight needs a build-up, man. It needs a 12-week promotional build-up. Let me get out there and show that I can promote, and I can market fights and sell fights. Because nobody’s selling fights like me. I know how to do that now. These other guys, they don’t know how to do that. I wanted the fight, but I didn’t want the date. There was no way I was going to be ready.”
“It’s only been up for me. I don’t think about the negative in my life. I just think about the positives. They’re not stripping anything. I earned that belt. The only way you can take that belt is by beating me in the octagon, and there’s not a man alive that can beat me.
“Whether it’s ‘Tyquil’ Woodley or ‘Tillsbury Doughboy,’ I’ll be ready for that No. 1 contenders fight.”
At the end of the day, it’s hard to imagine Covington not facing the winner of Woodley – Till. It’s not like he’s been inactive for a long period of time, and he deserves a title shot. The win over RDA was his sixth straight. If Woodley does get by Till, then a fight with Covington is particularly a no brainer, due to their beef.
UFC 228 will be hosted by Dallas, Texas.