As the UFC 249 approaches, the anxiety of the fans rises. Tyron Woodley was in the center of attention today again, along with one old and one new face.
Woodley Ready, Calls Out Colby
We already wrote about the Khabib’s troubles and the fact that the UFC lightweight champion won’t be in the position to fight Tony Ferguson. Since he revealed issues that prevent him from appearing at the UFC 249, the biggest enigma for the fans, considered the headliner of the event. Who would replace Khabib? Will the UFC arrange a totally different headliner?
If the second option prevails, one of the main contenders to find his name in it is Tyron Woodley (19-4-1 MMA, 9-3-1 UFC). The American and the former welterweight champion is more than ready to take the challenge and appear inside the octagon.
He also found an opponent – Colby Covington (15-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC). The former interim champion, who at first wanted to step in and meet Woodley, is a bit silent over the past few days. There were no clear answers from his side on Woodley’s constant calls to accept the offer he issued.
In his latest address to the fans, Woodley wrote on his Twitter account that he stands at disposal for the UFC 249 and that he awaits the response from both the organization and Covington.
“Just wanted you guys to know, I’m in for #UFC249,” “I gave my management team executive permission to make it happen,” he wrote.
The feud between Woodley and Covington has a long history, and this seemed like a perfect moment to settle things down. However, this wasn’t the only reason why these two need to meet. The winner of this event would have massive chances to challenge Kamaru Usman, the reigning UFC welterweight champion. So, the stakes would be extremely high here.
Gilbert Burns Wants a Piece of Action
The Brazilian fighter announced last night that he wants to face Woodley, claiming that the American isn’t keen to accept the challenge. According to his words, Woodley wants Covington or some other opponent whom he chooses.
Burns (17-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) insists that he is one of the top fighters in the division, and that he would present a real challenge to the former champ.
Right now, the Durinho as the fans from Brazil call him, posted five consecutive wins, the latest one against Damian Maia. It was a first-round TKO, which eventually earned him the Performance of the Night bonus. Prior to that fight, he defeated Gunnar Nelson, Alexey Kunchenko, Mike Davis, and Olivier Aubin-Mercier. All in all, this would be the biggest fight of his career, and a chance to join the elite layer of the division.
Still, the decision about the fight is not up to either him or Woodley, but Dana White. The UFC president stated that he intends to go on as planned with this event, but didn’t reveal his thoughts about the headliner. It is quite possible that he replaces Khabib with Dustin Poirier, who allegedly accepted this suggestion recently.