Colby Covington


Routs Tyron Woodley
September 19, 2020
Covington defeated Tyron Woodley via TKO (injury) at 1:19 of Round 5 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
This fight was over before the opening bell rang. It took no more than a handful of minutes for everyone watching to clearly see that Woodley either couldn't, or wouldn't, be able to match the cardio and output of Covington. As for Colby, he did what he always does. He set a ridiculous pace, forced Woodley to the mat, and pounded him with strikes. When all was said and done, Covington landed 232 total strikes compared to 67 from Woodley. He also connected on 3-of-8 takedown attempts. It was a truly dominant effort. Colby's shtick obviously isn't for everyone, but the guy can fight. He, along with current UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman, and top contender Gilbert Burns, are clearly the top three welterweights in the world at the moment. Covington remains firmly in the title picture and the odds remain high that he fights for the belt again at some point in the relatively near future.
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Fight vs. Woodley set for Sept. 19
August 11, 2020
Covington (15-2-0) is scheduled to face Tyron Woodley (19-5-1) in a welterweight fight Sept. 19 at the UFC's event in Las Vegas, Damon Martin of reports.
Covington and Woodley reached agreement three weeks ago to fight one another, but a date for the bout wasn't formally booked until Woodley relayed Monday that he would take on "Chaos" as part of the Sept. 19 card. A former interim title holder, Covington will be making his first appearance in the Octagon since December, when he suffered a fifth-round TKO loss to Kamaru Usman.
Woodley fight happening, but at a later date
July 18, 2020
Covington's supposed match against Tyron Woodley will happen, just not as soon as initially anticipated. The former UFC Welterweight Champion expressed via an Instagram video Saturday that he's agreed to the fight, he just needs more time to recover and prepare, Simon Samano of MMA Junkie reports.
It was said Friday by UFC President Dana White that the official announcement of the Covington vs. Woodley fight was pending on the agreement of Woodley's side. Saturday, the 38-year-old spoke out and said he needs some more time to conduct a full camp before stepping into the Octagon with Covington. Both competitors will come into this bout looking for bragging rights and to gain back some momentum. Woodley is riding his first ever multi-fight losing streak, while Covington's coming off a December defeat at the hands of current Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman.
Woodley fight all but done
July 18, 2020
Covington (15-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) is set to fight Tyron Woodley (19-5-1MMA, 9-4-1 UFC) at UFC on ESPN+ 30 on Aug. 22 as soon as Woodley signs and agrees to the deal, Nolan King of MMA Junkie reports.
UFC President Dana White spoke to reporters Friday and did state that the fight between Covington and Woodley is just waiting on the agreement of Woodley and his team. The 38-year-old expressed his desire to square off with Covington after he held is own against current Welterweight Champ Kamaru Usman back in December. It is unclear what is currently withholding the bout from becoming official, but both fighters will look to get back in the win column if and when this matchup comes to fruition.
Parts ways with ATT
May 27, 2020
Covington (jaw) is no longer a member of American Top Team, Damon Martin of reports.
It's difficult to distinguish Covington's gimmick from legitimate feuds these days, though he's publicly traded inflammatory remarks with several members of the Florida-based gym in recent months. It's unclear how much that may have contributed to his departure. Covington's next move is uncertain, though ATT is highly regarded as one of the best gyms in the world and will surely be difficult to replace. Covington has yet to schedule a bout since falling to Kamaru Usman in a match for the welterweight title last December, due at least in part to a long medical suspension issued after that bout. He remains among the elite fighters at welterweight, and may even be a candidate to take on the winner of Saturday's main event between Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns. The UFC could also elect to book a rematch against Usman, given the epic war that fight turned out to be.
Planning 2021 move to WWE
April 13, 2020
Covington (jaw) said Thursday in a video interview with Mike Heck of that he would like to transition from the UFC to the WWE at some point next year. "I would say probably 2021," Covington said. "Not this summer, but next summer. I've been practicing moves and really working on my promo and mic skills and just control and slowing things down and understanding the art of wrestling."
As he pursues an eventual move to professional wrestling, Covington (15-2-0) has already been in touch with former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who made the jump to the WWE in 2018. Covington's brash, over-the-top persona would seemingly make him a natural fit in the WWE, but his contract status with the UFC means that he'll likely need permission from president Dana White to partake in any WWE events. The 32-year-old Covington is currently recovering from a fractured jaw suffered in his UFC 245 loss to Kamaru Usman back in December, but he's expected to be ready to return to the Octagon at some point in 2020.