In a fight that never matched up to the vitriol between both competitors, former UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington dominated former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley Saturday at UFC on ESPN+ 36.
Covington defeated Woodley by fifth round TKO when Woodley yelled out that he injured his rib while Covington was on top of him on the ground. That was simply an exclamation point on a fight that Covington had control from nearly start to finish.
The outspoken Covington (16-2) held Woodley in check in all areas, taking him down when he wanted, holding up against the cage when he wanted, and landing enough punches to set everything else up. Woodley did land some blows, but took more of a measured approach.
The fight never broke down into a brawl, nor did it feature any moments of tension or high drama between the two.
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Afterward, Covington’s post-fight interview featured a promo about “the silent majority” who are ready to vote in President Donald Trump, how he sick of “woke athletes like LeBron James” and ended with a call out of current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
Usman defeated Covington last December by fifth round TKO and broke Covington’s jaw in the process. On the post-show, Covington was grasping at straws trying to tell Usman (who was on the ESPN desk) why he should get another shot at the title, saying Usman didn’t break his jaw, that he takes EPO, and that Usman winning was a controversial decision even though it was a finish.
On the post-show, Trump called Covington while he was on air to congratulate him.
This was Covington’s first fight since that loss while Woodley is now 0-3 since 2019. He was defeated by Gilbert Burns earlier this year.
In other notable results: Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Niko Price went to a majority draw in the co-main event while Khamzat Chimaev knocked out Gerald Meerschaert in 17 seconds, continuing his hype train as a future middleweight contender.