Dana White believes the time may be now to book Colby Covington vs. Tyron Woodley.
Covington and Woodley were expected to scrap for “The Chosen Ones” welterweight title after “Chaos” claimed interim gold against Rafael dos Anjos. But, Covington was passed over for Darren Till and then Kamaru Usman. The rivalry was never settled inside the Octagon.
Now, Dana White says if Covington’s jaw is not broken or heals soon, he is open to booking that fight.
“I don’t have a problem with him. I don’t have a problem with Covington,” White said post-fight at UFC 245 (via MMA Fighting). “I’d love to do him and [Tyron] Woodley next. That would be a fun fight, but if he has a broken jaw, he ain’t going to be around for a minute.
“After a war like this, he’s going to have to go rest, take care of himself for a while and then we’ll see what he wants to do.”
Tyron Woodley has not fought since he lost by decision to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 in March. He has been linked to a possible bout with Leon Edwards in UFC London which he has shut down. But, there is no question the Covington fight would be bigger.
But, with Colby Covington, he has to heal his injury before he can get into any fight, according to White.
“Listen, I’ve dealt with his type a million times in the last 20 years,” White said about Covington. “You can tell he’s not happy that tonight did not go as he planned. He came out with a game plan. Whatever the hell he had going on in his mind that he was going to do or whatever was going to happen and Usman stomped all over that.
“We’ll let this kid go back, heal up and figure out what’s next.”
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime