UFC Fight Night: Covington vs Woodley Preview
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, September 19, 2020
After years of trash talking one another on social media and during their respective media availabilities, UFC welterweights Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington will finally settle the score and fight in the octagon. The bout had been in the works for years and one could argue that fans are getting a PPV quality card and main event on ESPN+.
This main event is a must-win for Woodley, who is coming into the bout on a two-fight losing streak that saw him lose his title to Kamaru Usman and then Gilbert Burns back in May, both via unanimous decision. The former UFC Welterweight Champion’s back could be against the wall here in that a third-straight loss could put his UFC future in jeopardy and could potentially cause him to consider retiring from the sports at age 38.
Covington on the other hand has not fought since last December at UFC 245, where Usman successfully defended his title via fifth-round TKO, ending his 7-fight winning streak. The former interim-Welterweight champion is the betting favourite coming into this fight, so Woodley’s past two bouts could be an indicator of what fans could expect to see when these two rivals get in the octagon.
Woodley has the clear advantage in terms of his striking ability and power in his strikes, so he will need to ensure that he does not get too overzealous and tire himself out by throwing haymakers that miss the mark.
Covington on the other hand, has a strength of being durable and using a volume of strikes that have caused plenty of trouble for his past opponents, even the current champion Usman had trouble with Covington’s offence. Covington has had many dominant performances during his career and a similar performance tomorrow could earn him another title shot at whoever wins the bout between Usman and Burns.
Who do you think will win this fight? Should the winner be awarded a title shot in their next fight?
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