A long-awaited performance between former teammates Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley, according to Covington was working for the UFC event on August 22, but the fight would no longer take place.
Covington posted a copy of a bout agreement for the bout on Wednesday, saying the ex-UFC champion ultimately opted out of the event.
“This was supposed to be your main event on ESPN on August 22 until Tyrone did what his daddy did and pulled … yet!” Covington wrote on Instagram.
Following his initial post, Covington released a statement from MMA to talk about the matchup again.
“He was playing a relay race on NBC the other night against a fat school teacher, and I think people close to him eventually came to meet Jesus about the suicidal tendency, to sign a contract with his name “The other end of it,” Covington said of Woodley. “It’s a death sentence and he knows it, everybody knows it.”
“Relay Race” Covington noted Woodley’s recent appearance in the reality competition series Game of titan Hosted by actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
MMA Fighting reached out to Woodley’s management team for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication.
When it comes to fighting, Covington and Woodley have been engaged in a heated rivalry for many years. But despite the bad blood between them, they still never collided inside the octagon.
It was revealed that the matchup would take place in 2018, after Covington captured the interim welterweight title while Woodley was still the 170-pound champion. Unfortunately, Covington underwent sinus surgery following a major win over ex-lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, and he was unable to make a quick turn to fight again in September.
Woodley defeated Darren Till, and then suffered a thumb injury that kept him out of the competition again for the rest of the year.
Eventually, Woodley lost his title to Kamaru Osman in 2019, and Covington finally made his comeback later that year when he won over former champion Robbie Lawler.
It has appeared that Covington and Woodley were scheduled to meet, but the fight never took place simultaneously. In March, Covington voluntarily stepped in when Leon Edwards was forced out of UFC London after the promotion tried to transfer the card to the US due to a coronovirus epidemic. Woodley then invited Covington to fight a month later on UFC 249 and promised to write him for good without compromise.
According to the most recent contract, the UFC tried to book the fight as the main event for the APEX facility in Las Vegas on August 22. But even then, there will be no meeting of rivals.