Tyron Woodley Says He Used To Beat Colby Covington Up In Training

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is targeting an early return to the Octagon next year to defend his title against Colby Covington, who he claims he used to beat up in training.

“Colby used to be my warmup guy,” Woodley stated on Instagram. “I hate to break the news to you, but I used to pay him to beat him up. 500 bucks a week plus food plus hotel plus rental car plus gun range plus entertainment plus personal trainers, pad work, massage therapy, yoga. I spoiled the little waste of sperm, now all of a sudden he’s bumping his gums.”

That past experience with the current No.1 contender in the division seems to have left Woodley convinced that Covington has no chance against him.

“The only person I don’t really f*ck with is Colby because he knows he can’t beat me. There’s no chance. He wanted me to fight him injured with a f*cked up hand and I almost took the fight because I still would have beat him.”

“He gonna get beat up. He gonna get hurt, he gonna get embarrassed and hopefully retire so we don’t have to hear that terrible trash talk a second longer. It’s just gotten to the point right now where his name just makes my spirit vex.”

As for when the fight might take place, Woodley has tentatively earmarked UFC 233 on January 26th as a potential date depending on whether his hand injury heals in time.

“My hand is doing well, healing up nicely. I’m cleared to fight at the top of next year so the UFC is trying to figure out when I’m fighting. We already know who I’m fighting. January, February, March, one of those months. I’m looking at January 26 real closely. It’s kinda close though on my hand so we’ll see. If I can do it, you better believe it’s done. If I can’t do it then we might se me fighting in Vegas on March 2nd or London. I kinda don’t want to fight out of the country but I’m not gonna be trying to pick the location.”

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