[DOUBLEPOST=1551628407,1551628355][/DOUBLEPOST]Colby Covington not buying Kamaru Usman title shot promise 'until I'm locked in that cage'On the ESPN+ post-fight show for UFC 235, Usman revealed he suffered a fractured foot in the run up to his title shot against Tyron Woodley.
“It definitely took a toll on my body,” the new champ said at the T-Mobile Arena which hosted the pay-per-view card in Las Vegas. “I had to go struggle and go through so much adversity just to get here.”
[DOUBLEPOST=1551628739][/DOUBLEPOST]Tyron Woodley felt ‘flat,’ ‘hypnotized,’ but wants a rematch with Kamaru UsmanCovington was informed of this development during an interview on the UFC 235 post-fight show on ESPN+, but he didn’t sound convinced.
“Nah, I wasn’t aware of that,” Covington told reporter Brett Okamoto. “But I’ve been told that before, so I’m not going to believe anything until I’m locked in that cage. Obviously there was promises made before and it wasn’t promises kept. I’m a man of my word, so I hope they’re a man of their word and keep their word this time.”
[DOUBLEPOST=1551634440][/DOUBLEPOST]New UFC champ Kamaru Usman plans on 'brutalizing' Colby Covington in first defense“I gotta give him his respect,” Woodley said at the post-fight press conference at T-Mobile Arena. “Because like I said before I’ve been on the other side of the stick a lot. I’ve beat a lot of people up, knocked a lot of people out, won some close fights, that people may have thought they won so I just had to make sure he got his respect, his proper respect for winning tonight.”
But Woodley also knows this: Despite the one-sided nature of the defeat, he’s had his ups and downs in his career and always bounced back. So even though the bout wasn’t a close fight, he wants a rematch for the belt that he held for two years and seven months.
“We know what I’m capable of,” Woodley said.” I’m just looking to rematch and run it back, man. It was my fifth title defense, and I feel like, I’m the champion and what I’ve done for this organization, man, the performance may not have voiced for a rematch but I think my resume does.”
While some fighters will claim the pre-fight injuries, bad weight cuts, or any of dozens of other reasons caused their defeat after the fact, Woodley offered no such excuses after the bout, saying he felt good and sharp in warmups.
“It was an uncharacteristic fight of me,” Woodley said. “I kind of knew early on. Sometimes when I start a fight, I come out blazing, I come out with combinations, I kind of get in that rhythm and I stay in that rhythm. This time it was just something real weird. He was dropping down and squatting all low and it was almost like i was hypnotized like I know you’re about to shoot, I’m trying to time what you do so I can hit you with those uppercuts, and I then I think I got to the point I was just waiting on him to shoot.”
But when Usman came out and implement his game plan, Woodley simply couldn’t find another gear.
“Tonight it was just weird,” Woodley said. “I was just flat and I don’t know why but when you’re on this stage you can’t have a bad night.”
UFC president Dana White indicated former interim champion Colby Covington will be next in line for Usman. Woodley, for his part, said any of a number of things can happen between now and whenever that fight might be scheduled, so he’s going to stay ready.
“You never know,” Woodley said. “People get injured, things happen. Colby might pull a couple more stunts and kick himself off the title fight, so I’m just going to be prepared. I think like I said before as a champion that took out Robbie Lawler who was fighter of the year twice, defended his belt four times, I feel like a rematch, Colby has been kind of sitting around trying to call the shots but if that’s what the organization wants to do, it’s their organization.”
Until then, despite Saturday’s outcome, Woodley firmly believes a rematch will go the other way.
“We know what I’m capable of,” Woodley said. I’m just looking to rematch and run it back, man. It’s my fifth title defense, and I feel I’m the champion and what I do for this organization, the performance may not have involved for a rematch but I think my resume does.
“I want to (expletive) that guy up so badly,” Usman said after the fight. “I can’t be in a room with that guy. I can’t. I can’t be in a room with him. I just can’t. I can’t wait to heal up and really put my hands on him. That’s one I’m going to enjoy brutalizing him.”
Also Woodley's not a needle mover and Dana doesn't like him,Check this out, I'm normally in full favor of long term champs getting a rematch...BUT that's on one of those disputed decisions or a flash KO, not a thorough domination by the then challenger. I like Woodley, think he's a damn good fighter but I do not believe in any way that he deserves an immediate rematch. Even IF Colby can't make the next title fight I would prefer to see another challenger and have Woodley fight a top contender and win convincingly to set up a rematch. Sort of the Rose v JJ situation, Rose dominated her the first fight so I didn't inherently need to see the second but after the second I definitely do not want to see a third unless she were to clear out the division (context). If Woodley happens to get an immediate rematch and then loses said rematch, even as a fan of Woodley, I would have no vested interest in seeing him fight Usman a third time.