Tyron Woodley’s reign as Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion came to an emphatic halt last weekend, but one interested onlooker claims that’s not all that ended at UFC 235.
Outspoken former interim champ Colby Covington believes that Woodley’s career is over after the performance he put on last Saturday night against Kamaru Usman. Woodley was overwhelmed from start to finish by the ferocious wrestling and pressure of “The Nigerian Nightmare,” dropping all five rounds.
Covington, who was stripped of his interim belt last fall and has found himself on the outside looking in as Woodley defended his belt first against Darren Till and then against Usman, recently spoke to Bloody Elbow and said the manner of Woodley’s performance against Usman suggested the former champ had run his race. Covington attributed it not to physical degradation, but a lack of focus and motivation.
“He’s been one foot in for the last couple years,” Covington said. “He’s got so much on his plate. He’s out here trying to rap albums, he’s trying to do acting, he’s trying to do broadcasting — he sucks at all of them. His career is over. He’s made all his money, he’s cashed out, he’s not a real fighter anymore. He doesn’t want to be here to make his division great again like myself. That was already a broken man [in the cage against Usman].”
UFC president Dana White has confirmed that “Chaos” will be challenging Usman next for the 170-pound title. The pair had several run-ins last weekend, first after Usman exited the Octagon after his win and then the following day at the Palms Casino where they nearly came to blows.