Colby Covington earned his interim title after beating Rafael dos Anjos by unanimous decision at UFC 225, supposedly giving him the chance to fight reigning UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley.
But to everyone’s surprise, UFC announced that Woodley’s next title defence wouldn’t be against Covington. Instead, the welterweight title fight will be between Woodley and rising English star Darren Till at UFC 228.
Covington didn’t just miss the chance at his title shot, but he will also be stripped of his interim title once Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) and Till (17-0-1 MMA, 5-0-1 UFC) enters the Octagon on September.
Covington Speaks Up
People haven’t heard from the interim UFC welterweight champion since the news. But now, he makes it clear that he’s not buying UFC’s decision and he won’t let them take his hard-earned belt.
On a recent episode of BJPENN.COM Radio, Covington addressed his thoughts on the controversial issue.
“They’re not stripping anything man,” he said.
“Let’s be honest man. Possession is nine-tenths of the law. So I have a world championship that I won fair and square. No one’s beat me for that world championship. They can’t take that world championship from me. Everywhere I go, that championship’s gonna be coming with me. So until someone beats me, and not a man alive can beat me. So I got the real welterweight belt. Let them fight that number one contendership [at UFC 228]. I don’t care what they say about stripping. I ain’t getting stripped of shit…”
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The Real Welterweight UFC Champ
Covington couldn’t fight Woodley at UFC 228 as he is recovering from a surgery to correct a “nasal issue.” Although he declared that he targets to return in November for UFC 230, UFC said they couldn’t wait that long to book the champion vs champion fight, so they moved on and decided to find a replacement.
“[Woodley] could give [the belt] to doughboy [Till], no worries,” Covington said to BJPENN.COM Radio. “Give it to doughboy. If I have to end the UK hype and all the shit that the UFC’s put into Till as the hype man, then whatever. If it has to be him, then it has to be him, but all I can say is ‘Tyron don’t fuck this up.’”
“I mean I’m making the loudest noise in this division,” he added. “I made this division great again. I’m the sole reason people even care or are interested in this division anymore. So I’m the real welterweight UFC champion, and let’s see what happens between this little number one contender fight.”
Meanwhile, Covington made it clear that he wants to fight whoever dominates the Woodley vs Till fight at UFC 228.