Former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley thinks the man who took the title from him, will remain champion by the end of the year.
During his “Hollywood Beatdown” segment on TMZ, Woodley said he thinks current champion Kamaru Usman will get the job done vs. Colby Covington at UFC 245 in a matchup that appears to be evenly matched.
Woodley lost his 170-pound title to Usman in March at UFC 235, where Usman was able to stifle Woodley’s offense by stacking him against the cage and out-grappling him.
“I think Usman’s scrambling abilities are better than Colby’s as far as once you get to a leg,” Woodley said. “Anytime you get to a single leg versus two legs, it’s always a scramble involved. So when you watch Kamaru Usman – like, my teammate Michael Chandler is his training partner – when you watch those guys scramble, going around, this is high-level scrambling.
“I think Usman has a slight edge that is annoying and frustrating to deal with and if he can’t get space, he may not be able to punch Colby, and that takes his advantage in striking away.”
It’s no secret Woodley is not Covington’s biggest fan. The two were meant to fight when Woodley was the champion and Covington was interim champ, but the fight never came to fruition.
But “The Chosen One” did give Covington credit for his cardio, which was on full display when he dominated former champion Robbie Lawler in August, pushing the pace for five rounds.
Woodley thinks Covington does a good job conserving his energy.
“I think he really, really has a good motor,” Woodley said. “I think he’s in good shape. But it’s not like he’s in good shape because he’s landing explosive, powerful combinations. He’s not exerting his body, throwing powerful shots. He actually punched like he’s swinging little Ottoman cushions around. But when you really think about it, he never has to explode.”
While Woodley would love nothing more than another crack at the title, he’s willing to fight anyone. He didn’t seem too keen on a potential Leon Edwards fight, even though Edwards might be the most realistic and available option for him. But for now, Woodley says he’s done saying who he wants to fight next.
He says just call his manager.
“Anybody can get that (expletive) whooped, but when you want to know who, when, where and how much, call Malki Kawa – he’ll let you know the details,” Woodley said. “But I’m going to whoop everybody’s (expletive).”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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