The welterweight bout between Colby Covington and Tyrone Woodley will take place on September 19, presumably in Abu Dhabi, as reported by ESPN sports columnist Ariel Helwani.
“The duel between Tyrone Woodley and Colby Covington is closer to reality than ever before,” the reporter wrote on Twitter. “They both gave verbal consent to the fight in September. They are supposed to fight in the main event on September 19. But this is the date for UFC 253, which could be rescheduled to September 26, so there is still uncertainty. “
The fact that UFC 253, the main event of which will be the middleweight title fight between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa, may be postponed for a week, Helvani announced a few days ago, although representatives of the organization have not yet made official statements on this matter.
Thus, the Covington-Woodley fight could either lead the UFC, which will take place on September 19 instead of UFC 253, or become the second most important event in the numbered event, if the information about the postponement of the show is not confirmed.
Both fighters return to the octagon after being defeated. Colby Covington, 32, made an unsuccessful attempt last December to take the UFC welterweight title from Kamaru Usman, losing to the reigning division champion by TKO in the fifth round, while Tyrone Woodley, 38, lost by unanimous decision in May to Gilbert Burns.
Colby Covington and Tyrone Woodley are currently ranked # 2 and # 5 in the UFC welterweight division, respectively.