Colby Covington reveals his backup plan if he does not get the title shot that he has been pushing for.
Since defeating Demian Maia in Sao Paulo last October, number three-ranked welterweight contender Colby Covington has been campaigning for a title shot against current champion Tyron Woodley. The UFC, however, is looking to book Woodley against former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, instead.
From his end, Covington never understood why the UFC is keen on making the aforementioned fight, pointing dos Anjos’ recent string of fights which included two losses in his last couple of runs at 155 pounds.
“I don’t get why UFC wants to do RDA-Woodley. I mean, RDA is 3-2 in his last five,” Covington told BJPenn.com Radio in a recent interview. “Last five fights, I’m 5-0, so RDA was just getting melted by lightweights last year. Eddie Alvarez. The guy’s a complete bum. He’s just looking to piggyback and get one more fight, then he’s out of the game man.”
“And that’s what these guys don’t understand. I’m the future. These guys are all old, at the end of their careers. I’m just getting started. I’m just getting warmed up. You haven’t even seen my potential yet.”
If the UFC does end up finalizing their preferred match-up, Covington is willing to take on another opponent but hopes to be part of the same card.
“Yeah, I mean, if the UFC’s gonna do RDA vs. Woodley, then I guess I am fighting Stephen Thompson on the same card as them,” Covington said. “So I’m lined up, so I can get the winner of that next fight after I put choir boy out to the pasture. But you are gonna have to ask [Thompson’s] daddy, if he’s gonna let him fight. I’m not sure if his dad is gonna let him fight.”
“I’ve just barely gotten started. So, when the dust settles, I still will be here and I will take my throne because that is my throne. There’s no doubt about it. These guys, they’re running from me.”
The 30-year-old Covington currently holds a record of 13-1, with seven wins by stoppage.