Tyron Woodley Eyes Usman, Covington Fights Before Middleweight Jump

Tyron Woodley is approaching his return to the Octagon. “The Chosen One” claims he’ll fight before the year is up as he strives to regain the welterweight title he once held. Woodley comes off a unanimous decision loss to Kamaru Usman earlier this year in which he dropped the 170-pound title. He’s kept busy with […]

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Tyron Woodley is approaching his return to the Octagon. “The Chosen One” claims he’ll fight before the year is up as he strives to regain the welterweight title he once held.

Woodley comes off a unanimous decision loss to Kamaru Usman earlier this year in which he dropped the 170-pound title. He’s kept busy with his music and entertainment career on the side, but still has the desire to be the best mixed martial artist in the world. Speaking at a fan Q&A in Canada, Woodley laid out his plans for a return.

He’s hoping for fights with Colby Covington, a rematch – and trilogy – with Usman, before jumping up to middleweight. (H/T MMA Junkie)

“Obviously it’s going to be a lot of emotion in the Colby Covington fight. It’s going to be a lot of emotion in the (Kamaru) Usman fight,” Woodley said. “But outside of those two fights in that division, those are the ones that excite me the most, and after I get my belt and defend, if I fight Usman and beat him, I got to give him the rubber match.

“I can’t just say, ‘Nah-nah-nah, you can’t get me.’ I’ve got to give him a chance to get back out there and prove it. Then fighting Colby, obviously. Then I’m looking at 185 (pounds) after that.”

At this point in his career, Woodley is looking for fights that excite him. He’s still confused as to why he never received an immediate rematch for the title, but is ready to run through whoever necessary to get back to the championship.

“I just want fights that excite me,” Woodley said. “I want fights that are going to get me back to the title if it’s not an immediate rematch. When you look at a lot of fighters that are in similar situations as me, that had never defended, they were given instant rematches.

“And you’ve got to recognize that my deck of cards is my deck of cards. It’s not theirs. So whatever reason that fight wasn’t immediately rematched, I can’t cry over spilled milk. I’ve got to go out there and do what it takes for me to get back to the belt.”

What do you think about Woodley’s aspirations to fight Usman, Covington, and jump up to middleweight?

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Kamaru Usman Fires Back At Critics For Not Fighting Yet

Kamaru Usman has sounded off on his critics for not defending the welterweight title yet. He won the belt at UFC 235 in March when he dominated Tyron Woodley for five rounds. Since then, however, Usman has been dealing with injuries, and failed negotiations with Colby Covington kept him from fighting at UFC 244. Now, […]

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Kamaru Usman has sounded off on his critics for not defending the welterweight title yet. He won the belt at UFC 235 in March when he dominated Tyron Woodley for five rounds.

Since then, however, Usman has been dealing with injuries, and failed negotiations with Colby Covington kept him from fighting at UFC 244. Now, the welterweight champion took to Twitter to fire back at his critics for not fighting.

The Tweet is rather interesting as he called out most of the top welterweights, with “#MAGA” being Colby Covington and “#supernecessary” being Jorge Masvidal. While “#boomroasted” is Ben Askren and “LeonScott” is Leon Edwards. He also called Woodley the greatest welterweight of all-time, which many fans replied to the post not agreeing, saying Georges St-Pierre is.

Before the win over Woodley, Usman beat Rafael dos Anjos back in November. The welterweight champion is currently on a 14-fight winning streak, including being 10-0 inside the Octagon. The 32-year-old has wanted to fight but no deal has been struck.

However, Covington seems to think it is Usman not agreeing to a fight.

“I know how the events went down and when I come out, I bring truth and facts,” Covington said to MMA Fighting. “I don’t care what any MMA journalist says, every time I talk, I always come out with the truth and facts. Truth is a force of nature just like the President says.

“What happened was I verbally agreed to fight Usman in New York, they didn’t tell me any numbers. They just told me this is the fight to make. This is the fight we’re going to make, are you guys on board? I said absolutely but they couldn’t get Usman to agree.

“Then they start talking numbers and they’re giving me basic challenger numbers but they need to realize they’re not going to get the ‘A’ side done before they get the ‘B’ side done. I’m the ‘A’ side so let’s get these numbers right but the whole time, Usman hadn’t even accepted the fight. He’s turning it down. He didn’t want to fight anybody.”

What do you make of Kamaru Usman firing back at his critics for not fighting?

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Leon Edwards Wants Next Title Shot: ‘F*ck Colby Covington’

Leon Edwards feels he should be given the next shot at Kamaru Usman’s welterweight title over Colby Covington. Many expect Usman to defend his title against Covington, especially given their rivalry and the latter’s impressive performance against Robbie Lawler. However, it is still not booked and with UFC 244 being headlined by Nate Diaz vs. […]

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Leon Edwards feels he should be given the next shot at Kamaru Usman’s welterweight title over Colby Covington.

Many expect Usman to defend his title against Covington, especially given their rivalry and the latter’s impressive performance against Robbie Lawler. However, it is still not booked and with UFC 244 being headlined by Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal, one wonders if Covington is getting skipped over again.

That is completely fine by Edwards, who believes he should get another crack at Usman:

“F—k Colby Covington,” Edwards told MMA Fighting. “I don’t like Colby anyways. I don’t give a s—t about what he’s doing. My thing is to get a world title shot. Let’s me and Kamaru run it back. We’ve got the most wins in the division, we’re the two best in the division. Let’s run it back.”

Edwards most recently outpointed Rafael dos Anjos and is on an eight-fight winning streak. His last loss? A decision defeat to Usman. Which is why it makes sense for them to fight according to the Birmingham native:

“For me that would be perfect — him having the title and me taking it off him — that would be the fairytale story,” Edwards added. “To defeat the last man to defeat me for the title, I hope I get the chance to do that. My message [to Kamaru Usman] is let’s run it back. We fought years ago and let’s run it back so I can get the title off you.”

“I have paid my dues. I’ve done everything they’ve asked me to do. I flew across the world to fight [Rafael dos Anjos], I flew across the world to fight “Cowboy” [Donald Cerrone]. I’ve fought back to back. I’m on an eight-fight win streak, second only to the current champion. I have more than paid my price to get a world title shot.”

Do you think Edwards should get the next shot? Or does Covington deserve it no matter what?

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Jorge Masvidal Details How Nate Diaz Fight Materialized

The next big welterweight clash has been determined, and Jorge Masvidal is shedding some insight into how it came about. The UFC welterweight division has been the subject of much Chaos in terms of matchmaking recently, but by the end of a crazy last w…

The next big welterweight clash has been determined, and Jorge Masvidal is shedding some insight into how it came about. The UFC welterweight division has been the subject of much Chaos in terms of matchmaking recently, but by the end of a crazy last week, the UFC 244 main event was solidified: Jorge Masvidal vs. […]

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Colby Covington Reveals Why He Balked At Negotiations To Fight Kamaru Usman

Colby Covington believes it wouldn’t have made sense for him to take the UFC’s initial offer to fight Kamaru Usman at UFC 244. Covington vs. Usman was in the works to headline the Nov. 2 Madison Square Garden card in New York City. UFC pres…

Colby Covington believes it wouldn’t have made sense for him to take the UFC’s initial offer to fight Kamaru Usman at UFC 244. Covington vs. Usman was in the works to headline the Nov. 2 Madison Square Garden card in New York City. UFC president Dana White revealed that negotiations fell apart. As a result, […]

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Tyron Woodley Says Kamaru Usman Rematch Is ‘Super Necessary’

Tyron Woodley is continuing his campaign for a rematch against Kamaru Usman. The two fought back at UFC 235 where Usman dominated the entire fight en route to a decision victory to win the welterweight title. Since the loss, Woodley has wanted the rema…

Tyron Woodley is continuing his campaign for a rematch against Kamaru Usman. The two fought back at UFC 235 where Usman dominated the entire fight en route to a decision victory to win the welterweight title. Since the loss, Woodley has wanted the rematch saying that performance wasn’t him, but has still yet to fight. […]

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