Covington recently took part in an interview with CLICKON Sports, and throughout the course of the chat he seemed hell bent on making one thing known above all others: that he will eventually dethrone Woodley in order to become the champion at 170.
“The big thing with Tyron Woodley is that he doesn’t like tough training. He likes to run his training. When he was at American Top Team we were beating him up every day, and he didn’t like that. He wanted to be in charge, and he wanted to set the minutes and rounds. He didn’t like wanting to grind. That’s why I feel like it’s an easy fight for me, he plays it safe and isn’t a good cardio fighter.”
Colby has been a man on a mission ever since entering the Ultimate Fighting Championship, with his 12-1 pro record speaking volumes to the kind of man that Tyron will have to deal with if the two do eventually lock horns somewhere down the road.
The 29-year-old is coming off the back of an impressive decision victory over Dong Hyun Kim back in June, and now he’s preparing for what could be a career defining fight against Demian Maia in Sao Paulo at the end of the month.
Of course, fighters are always told and trained to never look through their opponent as it could prove to be a risky tactic, but in this instance it seems like Colby has his head on straight – for the most part.
“You can expect the fast rise of Colby Covington. I’m the next UFC superstar in this business. I’m gonna take the game over, and this is gonna be my game. Mark my words, I’m gonna be the face of this fight promotion.”
He knows Woodley’s game quite well given that the two have trained together in the past at American Top Team, and whilst Woodley has almost certainly improved since then, it’ll be interesting to see how they fare against one another in what would be a grudge match of sorts.
Maia is no joke, though, and despite his failure to take the title from Woodley he’ll be ensuring that fans still recognise him as being one of the top welterweights in the world today when he clashes with Covington on October 28th.