There has been an ongoing rift between UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington, and shelved former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. The most recent exchange happened when Covington accused Jones of “being on steroids since college”, in which the latter responded to via snarky Instagram post that has since been deleted.
Unless Covington decides to move up 35 pounds to light heavyweight, the likelihood of him facing Jones inside the Octagon is slim to none. So instead, Jones seemed to have found a way to get back at him, apparently through current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Woodley claimed that “Bones” reached out to him to lend a helping hand for the possible unification title bout against Covington, which has yet to be finalized.
“It funny because Jon doesn’t reach out to me very much,” Woodley said (via MMA Fighting). “Jon said, ‘Hey, whatever you need, brother. I want to help you.’ I told Jon, I said, ‘Man, you work so hard for your platform, from actually kicking ass and beating legends in their prime, and being one of the greatest fighters we’ve ever seen. Don’t give him your platform.’ Because he put a post up about him.”
“I said, ‘I am going to kick his ass so bad, he’s gonna wish he was dead instead,’” he continued. “‘He’s going to try to find a way out.’ I said, ‘So don’t worry about it.’ The dude was like, ‘It can’t happen soon enough.’”
In typical Covington fashion, the 30-year-old American Top Team fighter has been repeatedly lambasting Woodley, while claiming that he is the “real champion.” For this, Woodley also has a response.
“Take a nice warm glass of sit your ass down and shut the f—k up, because you ain’t the champion, you don’t make the calls,” Woodley said. “Nobody cares where you want to fight at. You fight when the champ wants to fight. And if you wear that belt around at the press conference, I will make fun of you, I will embarrass you.”
“If you wear a terrible looking suit again, that you got off the f—ng clearance rack and had somebody put two staples in the back, you will get made fun of,” he added. “So he has no say on when we fight. You’re lucky and blessed you get to take this ass-whooping.”
“When I’m ready to fight and the UFC deems it the best time where I can make the most money, then we’ll fight.”
Covington (14-1, with seven wins by stoppage) bagged the interim 170-pound title at UFC 225, where he defeated Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision.