With Colby Covington set to fight Robbie Lawler in less than a month, and Dana White not guaranteeing Jorge Masvidal a title shot, Tyron Woodley believes this is good news. The former welterweight champion says Usman’s and his injuries line up perfectly for a November rematch at Madison Square Garden.
“I think it’s so weird right now. Colby fighting Robbie is weird – even me fighting Robbie again was kind of weird,” Woodley said to ESPN. “I think me and Usman should run it back. . .
“Health is doing well, hand is doing well, healing it up, training hard. I was training right before I came here so, all in all, I’m ready to get back after it, ready to get that belt back.”
Although Masvidal is coming off of that spectacular knockout win, Tyron Woodley doesn’t believe he has the credentials to deserve the title shot. Rather, he says he is one of the best welterweights ever and defended his title four times and just had an off night so deserves the shot.
“I think the fact that he’s injured, the fact that people are getting tired of Colby sitting around – he hasn’t fought since June of last year and he’s trying to call his shots from a sh*t camera phone – I think it’s real important that people get a moment to sit back and think,” Woodley said. “Tyron beat all the best welterweights, in their prime, the number one contenders, defended his title four times, took out Robbie Lawler in a fraction of a second – which is historical – and he loses a fight, has a bad night. I think if anybody else Joanna [Jedrzejczyk], Cody Garbrandt, Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, anybody else, you see them in the title picture really quickly, so . . . The fans are kind speaking for me though.”
Whether or not that will happen is up in the air. But, if Covington loses, there could be a possibility it is Usman vs. Woodley 2 later this year.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime