Tyron Woodley would love to face Colby Covington for the UFC welterweight title as long as a thumb injury has healed up.
Woodley retained his crown with an impressive second-round submission over Darren Till at UFC 228 in Dallas, Texas. It was the first time Woodley was in action since UFC 214 and in his absence, the UFC crowned Covington the interim champion following his unanimous decision victory over Rafael Dos Anjos. With Covington sidelined, Till was given his shot at the champ.
With his injury cleared up, there is no doubt that Covington is next in line for a title shot and could get his crack at the belt sooner than expected. With UFC 230 still without a main event, Woodley vs Covington would make a fantastic headliner. The champ has no issues in taking the fight as long as an injury is cleared up. Speaking to MMA Junkie Radio, Woodley said:
“I’ve got an MRI on my thumb and I’m sending it for a second opinion,” Woodley said. “If I’m good, then I have no issue with fighting in November. The more I fight, the better rhythm I get in the swing of things. Obviously, I just fought, so I’m still in phenomenal shape. I’ve been eating pancakes, shrimp fried rice, brownies – taking a week and eating some bullcrap
“It all depends on how severe my thumb injury is. I dislocated it in the first round punching him in the back of the head. I thought it was just jammed.”
Should Woodley decide against taking the fight, it’s very possible that Nate Diaz vs Dustin Poirier will headline the Madison Square Garden card.
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