UFC President Dana White has (another) bone to pick with current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, along with his top challenger Colby Covington.
Plans had reportedly been in the works for Woodley to defend his welterweight title at UFC 233 in Anaheim as the promotion scrambles for the main event, with the number one contender Colby Covington his most likely challenger.
Woodley, however, is said to be still recovering from thumb surgery following his victory over Darren Till, but in his comments to TSN, White did not seem happy with “The Chosen One” who as he put it “always has an issue.”
“Tell me when Woodley does want to fight. This is always an issue with Woodley,” White said when asked about Woodley delaying his return to action.
“We’re going to move on. That division is stacked. We’ve got a lot of good talent and whether Woodley fights or doesn’t, we’ll end up making a fight with some of the best guys in that division.”
White also outlined in the interview that he is not ruling out the prospect of another interim title at 170lbs, one that Covington already got his hands on however he missed his chance to unify the belts in a potential fight with Woodley.
“Could be [an interim title],” White said about filling the void with Woodley unable to compete in January.
“You either want to be a world champion or you don’t,” White said about Covington. “If you get the opportunity in this business, you need to take it immediately. He had the opportunity to fight Woodley, he should have took it, he didn’t. We’ll see if he steps up and takes another opportunity.”
One man who could “step up and take the opportunity” as White puts it, is Kamaru Usman who recently defeated Rafael Dos Anjos in impressive fashion to continue his climb up the 170-pound ranks.