After several false starts, one of the most tempestuous rivalries in the UFC’s welterweight fold looks set to have a conclusion when Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley meet on September 19 in Las Vegas.
Several sources have confirmed that talks to agree terms of the fight are progressing after Woodley had posted to Instagram to confirm that negotiations had begun to confirm a fight between the two after a prolonged back-and-forth between the two fighters.
The UFC have yet to comment on the potential fight, while no contracts have yet been signed at the time of writing.
Both Woodley and Covington were one-time training partners at American Top Team in Florida, before Covington’s scorched earth campaign earned him the wrath of most the UFC’s welterweight division, training partners or not. The fight has been close to being booked on past occasions, most recently in September 2018 when Covington was the division’s interim champion with Woodley holding the recognised world title.
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However, a nose injury Covington sustained against Rafael Dos Anjos meant that he was unable to take up his title shot. The bout instead went to Darren Till, who was defeated by second-round submission.
Woodley subsequently lost the world title to Kamaru Usman, and was defeated by Gilbert Burns inside the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas in late May.
If and when the fight is confirmed, it will offer both men an opportunity to get back into the win column — and we suspect provide more than a little drama when the notoriously brash Covington enters fight promotion mode.