Morning Report: Tyron Woodley plans on beating Kamaru Usman at UFC 235, then fighting Colby Covington in June

It appears Tyron Woodley didn’t think too much of Dana White’s recent statements that the he never wanted to fight, so now the welterweight champion is planning a very busy 2019, including having his next two title defenses lined up.

For the better part of a year, Woodley and loudmouth contender Colby Covington have been on a collision course, with the champion saying he has never wanted to hurt someone as badly as he wants to hurt Covington. Unfortunately for both parties, those plans will have to be put on hold as just yesterday it was revealed that ‘Chaos’ had been passed over for surging contender Kamaru Usman. It’s a major setback for Covington and the outspoken welterweight was livid at the decision, even threatening to walk away from the UFC.

But luckily for Covington, all is not lost. Woodley still wants to fight his former training partner as soon as he takes care of Usman at UFC 235, so long as Covington can quit getting in his own way with the UFC.

“I just recognized that at some point I’m gonna fight all these guys,” Woodley told TMZ Sports recently. “Obviously the world would like to see me f*ck Colby up right quick but I think he’s trying to call shots and he’s not a champ so he can’t really do that. So I’m gonna go out there and fight Kamaru Usman and we’ll see what happens after that. Most likely I‘ll end up fighting Colby next up.”

Covington has seemingly run afoul of the UFC brass recently. Covington and Woodley were supposed to fight last fall but when ‘Chaos’ wouldn’t agree to fight Woodley at UFC 228 due to a nasal surgery, the organization stripped him of his interim title and gave his would-be title shot to someone who would, Darren Till. Now, Covington has once again been passed over and is stuck waiting on the sidelines for his turn to dance.

But Covington may not have to wait too long. UFC 235 takes place on March 2 and Woodley is planning on quick turnaround after he defends his title, hopefully in June when the UFC is rumored to be going to Chicago.

“Yeah, I’ll fight Colby next after that,” Woodley said. “Probably in June. I think they’ve got a fight in Chicago in June. I’m a midwest guy. I train in Milwaukee which is an hour and a half from Chicago, St. Louis is not that far, and I think I’ve got strong roots there as well so it would be a good fight to headline on that card.”

Now Colby just needs to make sure he doesn’t get himself fired by Dana White.


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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Salty.

Good spirits.

Call out.

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Match making.

Oh, we’re doing this again?

Retirement?

Talking trash.

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Staying ready.

Damn, Josh Thomson was a huge lightweight.

Pirate lifestyle


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Jon Jones (23-1) vs. Anthony Smith (31-13); UFC 235, March 2.

Tyron Woodley (19-3-1) vs. Kamaru Usman (14-1); UFC 235, March 2.

Cody Garbrandt (11-2) vs. Pedro Munhoz (17-3); UFC 235, March 2.

Derrick Lewis (21-6, 1 NC) vs. Junior dos Santos (20-5); UFC Wichita, March 9.

Volkan Oezdemir (15-3) vs. Dominick Reyes (10-0); UFC London, March 16.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

1999: Pat Miletich defended his welterweight title with a unanimous decision win over Jorge Patino at UFC 18. This event also marked the promotional debuts of future champions Bas Rutten and Evan Tanner.


FINAL THOUGHTS

I think it’s fairly obvious I’m not a fan of Colby Covington, but straight up he got done dirty. Usman’s claim for a title shot is that he beat the guys Colby beat, after Colby already beat them. Yes, Usman is a better fighter but the UFC is seriously turning into a carnival sideshow of a company.

Anyway, thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


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