Dana White Not Happy with Tyron Woodley or Colby Covington, Hints at Interim Title • MMA News
UFC president Dana White doesn’t appear very glad with the 2 high fighters within the welterweight division.
Because the UFC continues to scramble to discover a primary occasion for the upcoming UFC 233 pay-per-view card in Anaheim, plans had been in movement to place collectively a title struggle between champion Tyron Woodley and high ranked contender Colby Covington.
Sadly, Woodley remains to be recovering from thumb surgical procedure following his final struggle towards Darren Until, which implies he in all probability received’t be prepared in time to compete as early as January.
In the meantime, Covington has been adamant that he’s not going to face anyone else however Woodley after he received the interim welterweight title in June solely to have it stripped away three months later when he was unable to struggle in September at UFC 228.
It’s left the UFC with out many choices for the January pay-per-view and White was clearly pissed off when speaking in regards to the state of affairs with TSN on Thursday.
“Tell me when Woodley does want to fight. This is always an issue with Woodley,” White mentioned when requested about Woodley delaying his return to motion. “We’re going to move on. That division is stacked. We’ve got a lot of good talent and whether Woodley fights or doesn’t, we’ll end up making a fight with some of the best guys in that division.”
White then addressed the potential for one other interim welterweight title being launched in Woodley’s absence.
“Could be [an interim title],” White mentioned about filling the void with Woodley unable to compete in January.
Whereas an interim title sounds attainable, White didn’t sound all that enthusiastic when addressing Covington’s standing within the division proper now both.
Covington solely desires to face Woodley whereas the UFC has already provided an alternate struggle towards Kamaru Usman, who’s contemporary off a dominant win over Rafael dos Anjos.
The issue for Covington is he can be duplicating what he simply went by way of six months in the past with an interim title on the road and no ensures that he would really get to face Woodley later within the 12 months.
“That’s up to him. I could care less what his reservations are,” White mentioned about Covington. “You either want to be a world champion or you don’t. If you get the opportunity in this business, you need to take it immediately. He had the opportunity to fight Woodley, he should have took it, he didn’t. We’ll see if he steps up and takes another opportunity.”
Proper now no choices have been made because the UFC continues to hunt for a marquee struggle to headline the Jan. 26 card in Anaheim.