Colby Covington has seen his name in the headlines, but he wants to make it clear that his position is firm: If the phone rings, an undisputed welterweight title shot needs to be the offer.
“I’m big into being a man of my word and promises made, promises kept. I expect the same in return from the UFC,” Covington told MMAjunkie. “They promised me Tyron Woodley and a fight for the undisputed belt. Since that belt is disputed by me currently, that’s all I’m accepting. Doesn’t matter if it’s Mickey Mouse with the belt – then that’s who I want.”
Covington last saw action in June, when he claimed an interim title with an impressive decision win over Rafael dos Anjos. Covington was later stripped of that belt when he was unable to unify the title with Woodley in September after undergoing a procedure to repair a nasal issue.
Darren Till stepped in that night instead and ultimately suffered a second-round submission loss to Woodley.
Covington admits he’s still a little frustrated by the events that unfolded and believes that Woodley was attempting a little gamesmanship at the time – and is perhaps replicating the effort now.
“(UFC President) Dana (White) is saying I had the opportunity at Tyron in Dallas because my health was very, very bad, and I had to get a major surgery done, but that was Woodley’s plan by design,” Covington said, “to get me on a short camp, not healthy, off of a five-round world title fight after he was out 13 months, fresh.”
For that reason, Covington said his next move is simple. He’s waiting until the call on the other end includes a shot at the UFC’s undisputed title. Sure, Kamaru Usman – coming off his own impressive win last week over dos Anjos – is trying to step into the picture while Woodley sits in the shadows. For Covington, only one move makes sense.
“‘Tyquil’ and I have unfinished business,” Covington said, “and I deserve and have earned the right to fight for the undisputed title.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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