The long-awaited welterweight grudge match between Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington now has a date set for it.
Woodley announced on Monday on his Instagram that he was in training camp for a fight against Covington on September 19th. The UFC has not yet officially confirmed the match, but the fight between the two long-time rivals has been the subject of rumours for some months now . The UFC was just looking for the right date for these two to finally settle the score, and that’s September 19th.
UFC 253, featuring a main event between UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa, is scheduled for September 19, so based on that, this fight between Woodley and Covington is the main co-event. It’s a big place for the two men in their march towards the UFC Welterweight title, but at the same time, it seems to fit better as a five-round fight on its own card.
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Interestingly, according to Ariel Helwani, there is talk of potentially bringing UFC 253 back a week, so maybe it could be a five-round main event after all. After all, a fight of this magnitude deserves to be on the front page of its own map. Helwani also notes that this fight between Woodley and Covington has been set for September 19 but not yet signed.
Woodley (19-5-1) is the former UFC Welterweight Champion. After defeating Darren Till by submission in 2018, Woodley had a tough time as he lost back-to-back losses to Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns. However, he is still the No. 5 welterweight in the UFC, and winning here against Covington would put Woodley back towards the title. One loss, however, and he could watch the dreaded slip-up of three lost fights.
Covington (15-2) is the former interim UFC Welterweight Champion. The current No. 2 ranked welterweight comes from a TKO defeat against Usman in a championship bout last year, but he was very competitive with Usman and proved he was an elite welterweight by almost going the distance and stealing a decision from the champion. A victory here against Woodley and Covington could very well be the next to fight Usman once again.
The betting odds for this fight have been previously announced, with Covington listed as a -250 favourite and Woodley available as a +210 outsider. The line has since changed even more in Covington’s favor as he is now -275 with Woodley at +235. Expect these odds to fluctuate a little as we get closer to this long-awaited grudge match.
Who do you think wins, Tyron Woodley or Colby Covington?