Following his loss to Gilbert Burns this past weekend at UFC Fight Night Apex, former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is looking to get right back into action. Woodley was defeated by Burns by an unanimous decision in his first fight back since losing his title to Kamaru Usman at UFC 235.
Looking to get right back into the Octagon and compete again, Woodley told ESPN he’s already been offered his next opponent, and he accepted the fight. Speaking to Ariel Helwani of ESPN on Wednesday, Woodley revealed he was offered a fight against Colby Covington and he’s once again accepted the offer.
“They offered me that fight, I told them I’m in. I mean I just don’t want to talk a lot about Colby because Colby is an actor, man. I know what he is doing and it makes sense and it’s kind of fun to watch but, at the end of the day Colby has turned me down five or six times. But I think after losing two fights back-to-back I think it may be time a time he may accept it because he may think I’m down and out.” (h/t MMA Fighting)
Woodley would go on to say that he did not have any hesitation in accepting the offer against Covington and although he has to sit out of action for a little bit, he’s ready to make the fight.
“I told Malki (Kawa) to make sure you tell them today, yes. Don’t wait until tomorrow, tell them today, yes. I got a contusion I’ve got to deal with and I can’t fight anyway for 45 to 60 days because of the cut. I’ve been icing six, seven times a day, icing, ibuprofen so, I’ve been doing the right stuff…So, they have offered me Colby and I once again have accepted again and we will see what happens.”
There have been multiple claims from both the side of Woodley and Covington that they have accepted fights against one another in the past, but it seems even as he faces a two-fight skid, Tyron Woodley is still ready to fight Covington if he signs the contract.