On the one hand you have Tyron Woodley saying he ‘tortured’ Colby Covington in training. On the other, ‘Chaos’ claims to have outworked ‘T-Wood’ and made him quit in one of their many sparring sessions at American Top Team (ATT).
Only Woodley and Covington know the truth, and it’s up to us as fans to gauge which story has more validity.
Speaking to Damon Martin of MMA Weekly in a recent interview, newly-minted interim welterweight champion Covington, who outworked Rafael dos Anjos to win the title at UFC 225, doubled down on his statement that he forced ‘The Chosen One’ to quit in sparring.
According to Covington, Woodley was finished by the second round.
“This was three years ago in 2015 when I wasn’t even half the fighter I am now,” Covington said of their past training session. “I’m a completely different fighter now. I’m younger and I’ve only gotten better. He’s older and he’s living up his Hollywood gimmick, so he’s a lot dumber. Those training sessions were pretty easy for me. The first round, just put a pace on him — that porn star pace with all my chicks in the bedroom that I’m keeping every night — I’d take that first round and put a lot of pressure on him. Put him inside the clinch just walk him down and make him fight. Literally, all he has is a right hand. He’s so predictable.
“By the second round he was so winded he say, ‘I’m not doing anymore.’ We were supposed to do five rounds and he said, ‘nope, I’m done today.’ He doesn’t have anything. He has a lot of muscles and it takes a lot of oxygen to feed those muscles. He’s an easy match for me. My pace will just melt him. That’s why [Rafael dos Anjos] was my toughest fight, because he has very good cardio and he’s very well rounded. RDA’s the second best fighter in the welterweight division behind me, cause I’m the best. Tyron Woodley is probably third or fourth. It’s going to be an easy fight when I finally get my hands on Tyron Woodley.”
Not only did Covington get the better of Woodley at ATT, but the 30-year-old claims to have ‘melted’ his ex-teammate on the wrestling circuit.
“We wrestled every Monday in practice. It was easy. He has no cardio. He has no gas,” he said. “I would shoot a takedown and I’d take him down any time I wanted to take him down. Any time I didn’t take him down, I’d get him in the scramble and he was done after the scramble. He had nothing left after the scramble. He had nothing left to give. He hated wrestling me. We wrestled like two or three practices in a row and he was done. He was like, ‘I’m going to go train with some amateurs’ or some other guys that didn’t know how to wrestle.
“He doesn’t want to wrestle me. He knows my pace and my wrestling. He knows what’s up. Seven-minute wrestling matches, he used to get melted. Wait until he has to go 25 minutes with me. He won’t last three rounds.”
Covington, a former NCAA Division I wrestler at Oregon State, says Woodley, the reigning UFC welterweight champ, fell out with him after being dominated in sparring.
“I’ve already melted him at the gym at American Top Team multiple times in sparring. That’s the reason we lost our friendship, cause I beat him up so bad the last time we trained together,” Covington said.
“The little Hollywood soy boy, I’m not going to be happy until me and Tyron Woodley meet face to face and we’re actually fighting. Until then, everything he says is fake news.”
Ultimate Fighting Championship has yet to announce the fight, but it’s expected that Woodley and Covington, former teammates turned arch rivals, will meet in a title unification bout later in the year. Woodley, 36, is currently recovering from injury and is anticipated to return in the coming weeks.