After Tyron Woodley successfully defended his UFC welterweight title against Darren Till at UFC 228 last Saturday, Stephen Thompson rallied for a trilogy fight with Woodley on social media. It didn’t take long for Colby Covington to respond to Thompson’s comments, labelling him a ‘virgin’ and a ‘choirboy.’
Thompson (14-3-1) has had two shots at Woodley’s 170-pound title, fighting to a majority draw against him in November 2016 at UFC 205, and suffering a split decision loss to “T-Wood” at UFC 209 in March of last year.
Despite going 1-4 in his last five fights, Thompson still believes he has “unfinished business” with Woodley. He responded to Covington’s comments on Twitter when he talked to Fightful’s James Lynch.
“I did see it, you know what, it kind of made me chuckle a little bit. The stuff that comes out that guys mouth, it’s funny, but at the same time, the dude’s trying way too hard.”
Covington is currently on a six-fight winning streak, and most recently defeated Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225 to win the UFC interim welterweight title. Thompson feels that Covington is a character people love to hate, but his brash mouth will probably land him the next shot against Woodley for the belt.
“He’s trying to be a Conor McGregor and he’s just not him, he’s not doing a very good job of it. People love to hate this guy, that’s the kind of character he is. Nobody likes him, but it gets him fights, and I think he will be getting that title shot next.”