Tyron Woodley Says He Paid Colby Covington More Than He Deserved

Published 09/17/2020, 10:00 AM EDT


Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington will finally be locked in the octagon on September 19. Finally, there will be a conclusion to the saga two years in the making. After winning the interim title against Dos Anjos, Colby was scheduled to get the title shot against Tyron.

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However, due to injuries, he could not take the fight, and it was given to Darren Till instead, something that Colby did not take well. After sitting out for almost a year, he returned to the octagon to fight Robbie Lawler, whom he beat via unanimous decision. 

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Colby then fought for the title but came up short against Kamaru Usman. Interestingly, he was Usman’s first title defense after beating Tyron at UFC 235.  

Woodley and Covington were former teammates at American Top Team. However, the two men do not see eye to eye at the moment. From an opinion of each other to politics and anything in between, the two men are extreme opposites. 

Tyron Woodley maintains that Colby has used his name to stay relevant and to make more money than he deserves. Colby, on the other hand, has at multiple points fired shots at the former champ over social media.

Tyron Woodley recalls his initial interactions with Colby Covington

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In a recent interview with ESPN MMA, Tyron was asked what his relationship was like with Colby Covington as he helped him prepare for the Rory MacDonald fight before it soured.

Tyron replied, saying, “I mean Colby hadn’t fought a professional fight yet. So he was an amateur fighter trying to find his way in. Like many of these welterweights, I was almost like a mentor to him.  Where you know I said you need to fight this guy, and this guy is a good fight. You need to set up like a press kit or media kit so you can get sponsors.”

The former champion went on to add, “And you know I paid him. I paid him well. Especially for where he was at in his career, he was not even making that much in his fights. I paid him that much per week to train with him.”

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Who do you think comes out on top this coming weekend?

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