The UFC have been struggling to find a headliner for UFC 233 in January, but it appears that a fight between welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington might not be off the table just yet.
This past weekend Dana White indicated that Woodley wasn’t willing to commit to any fight, let alone at UFC 233, but the star has now disputed that claim.
“I’ve agreed to fight Colby,” Woodley stated on Ariel Helwani MMA Show on ESPN. “I’ve agreed to fight really anybody; that’s the funny part. I just asked for a little more time before I can confirm (that my hand is ready for a fight). I’ve never said no to Jan. 26. Let’s get that on record. I’ve got a lot of strong roots in California, so it would be silly for me not to want to fight there.”
However, Woodley isn’t going to be pressured into committing to the fight before he’s 100% sure that he’ll be fit enough to do himself justice in the Octagon.
“I don’t want to be remembered as a guy that lost a fight to Colby Covington, or anybody else, because he knew he wasn’t 100 percent (healthy) or wasn’t given the chance to at least go through the physician that performed the surgery on his hand to get his clearance.”
“If I go out there and my hand’s not ready to go and I fight Colby Covington and I come up short that night, nobody’s going to care that my hand’s hurt.”