Colby Covington makes bold statements, but he has UFC president Dana White supporting him on at least one.
Covington shared a photo of a social media deal on Wednesday to show that he and his rival Tyron Woodley were offered a fight on August 22. He accused Woodley of withdrawing from the event and according to White, not only did the promotion working on a fight between the two longtime rivals, but Covington indeed signed for his end of the match.
“It’s a fight we’re working on,” said White during a press scrum in Abu Dhabi on Friday. “Look, Woodley said he wanted to fight him. Woodley has been talking about fighting Colby Covington since Colby fought Usman, so it’s true that Colby has signed the deal and is ready to go. We’re just waiting for Woodley. ”
Shortly after Covington’s call, Woodley responded, saying that he would be ready to fight Covington in “a nursing home” if that boiled down, but that he was not interested in the date of 22 August. He confirmed that he refused to sign the combat agreement in question.
White spoke of the difficulties in setting up seemingly obvious clashes, noting that there is a large part of the negotiations that the general public is unaware of regardless of what the fighters say in interviews and on social networks . Although currently more concerned with Fight Island operations at the UFC, White reiterated that, to his knowledge, Covington and Woodley is in the works.
“I always try to make the fights that should be done or people want to see,” said White. “People can say what they want publicly, but behind the scenes is another story. I can’t speak honestly about what’s going on, I’m not involved, I’m here, but we’re trying to do Woodley against Covington. Covington is definitely in there. ”
With much of the UFC schedule still in the air, White doesn’t even know where the events will necessarily take place in August (the current plan is to return to UFC APEX in Las Vegas, but Nevada’s plight coping with the coronavirus pandemic could change this plan) or later so that he cannot say whether it is possible to accommodate Woodley’s suggestion of a date of September or October.
“I don’t know,” said White. “I couldn’t tell you right now. “