Coming up next week, the UFC will have former champion Tyron Woodley go up against former interim champion Colby Covington. This is one of the most awaited fights we have coming up at the end of this year. These two were supposed to fight the past couple of years, but injuries and bad timing played a part in why they never stepped foot in the Octagon against each other. Finally, they will be headlining UFC Fight Night in what is bound to be a great fight.
Tyron Woodley is looking to bounce back quickly after losing a one-sided fight to the #1 contender at Welterweight in Gilbert Burns. That was the first contest he had since losing the belt to Kamaru Usman in 2019. Tyron is looking to get back into the win column and keep his name amongst the greatest to have ever done it at this weight class.
He has beaten some of the toughest guys at 170 lbs, such as Carlos Condit, Robbie Lawler, Kelvin Gastelum, and Stephen Thompson to name a few. Even though this upcoming fight is not for a title, it will be scheduled for 5 rounds due to it being the main event. I think this bodes well for Tyron because he has more experience in those championship rounds which will be one of his biggest advantages.
Colby Covington is a guy who is also looking to rebound after a loss to Kamaru Usman back in 2019. He has not been as active as Tyron, and it was rumoured that it was due to him getting his jaw broken due to Usman’s performance. He dispelled these rumours, yet this will be his first fight of 2020 so we are unsure what the truth is. I think the time off has helped his chin recover so we are in for a hard-fought, grind it out, type of fight between the two.
Colby has made his name off of his gimmick just as much as he has actually beaten opponents. A lot of people believe Colby should have gotten a rematch fighting for the belt, because of the way the Usman bout was stopped. Colby’s recent inactivity has allowed the likes of Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal to get the opportunity to attempt to dethrone Usman for the title.
These two are fighting for something very different, yet fighting for the same thing. Tyron is trying to get back to the top of the division and compete for a title again before his run is over. Colby is trying to get back to the title as well, but also make a statement in this win so that Leon Edwards isn’t the next guy who jumps him in line for a title shot. My prediction of this fight is still up in the air, as I am not sure if they will use their wrestling at all in this match.
Tyron has been in back to back fights where his wrestling was neutralized and he has not shown an ability to adapt once his plan A fails. Colby did not use his wrestling against Usman, but he is more than capable to take anyone down and submit them once he gets his hands on them.
Also, I think that Colby has an advantage in the striking department so if we see a stand-up fight than it will end badly for Tyron. With that being said, I feel this contest will go the distance, and Colby will come out on top with a unanimous decision victory.