Tyron Woodley expected to return on May 23, but not against “terrified” Colby Covington

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Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley hopes to return to the Octagon later this month by participating on May 23.

Woodley was originally scheduled to face Leon Edwards earlier this spring in England. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the fight and the event were eventually canceled by the promotion.

Since then, Tyron Woodley is active on social networks and tries to get a new opponent. “The Chosen One” was originally aimed at either a rematch with Kamaru Usman or a grudge match with Colby Covington for his next fight.

Woodley would have later considered climbing to challenge the defending UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya for his undisputed title.

However, “Stylebender” has shown little interest in scrap metal, and Woodley now appears to be focusing on the welterweight division he has previously led.

Admittedly, Tyron Woodley would love to enter the cage with Colby Covington, apparently “Chaos” is too “terrified” to dance on May 23.

Gilbert Burns
Image credit: @Gilbert_Burns on Instagram

That said, Woodley is now considering accepting a fight with streak division competitor Gilbert Burns later this month in Florida.

“Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley told Ariel Helwani that he was bending over to accept a Main Event fight with Gilbert Burns on May 23. “ via ESPN MMA.

Woodley is undoubtedly excited to finally go back in the Octagon, but he is also disappointed that Covington did not intervene.

“Sad to see how terrified Colby Covington is of me and thinks he deserves revenge after his layoff. We in the same boat. I understand why my mentees Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington don’t want to fight with a clear head. I don’t want to fight either. “

Tyron Woodley has not competed since UFC 235 in March 2019, where he suffered an unbalanced decision loss to Kamaru Usman, giving up his welterweight title.

Before the setback, Woodley had accumulated a 6-0-1 record over his last seven bouts, including a knockout victory over Robbie Lawler and a submission victory over Darren Till.

Would you like to see Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns resign on May 23? Who do you think would win? Share your thoughts in the PENN Nation comments section!

This article was first published on BJPENN.com on May 1, 2020

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