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Covington, Woodley finally facing off

This Saturday, former training partners will be finally meeting in the octagon to settle bad blood. Former interim welterweight champion Colby “Chaos” Covington will take on former Welterweight champion Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley.

Covington, currently ranked second in the welterweight division, is coming off a loss in an exciting fight with current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman that saw the two wrestlers just stand and trade punches for five rounds. Usman was able to TKO Covington towards the end of the fifth round. The fight was so entertaining that it was nominated for Fight of the Year for 2019.

Colby lives up to his “Chaos” nickname, for wherever Colby goes, there’s chaos with him. After Covington won his fight against Brazilian legend Damian Maia - one which took place in Maia’s country of Brazil - Covington got on the microphone and, in front of all the Brazilian fans, told them that their country is a dump and they are filthy animals. Ever since that interview, Covington hasn’t been the most liked fighter on the UFC roster.

In his next fight, Colby took on former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, who is also Brazilian, in the co-main event slot for the interim welterweight championship at UFC 225. Covington won the fight by decision and continued slandering anyone who didn’t like him. Covington would fight one more time before his title fight with Usman, facing former welterweight champion and MMA veteran Robbie Lawler. Covington dominated the former champion for all five rounds.

Colby has great wrestling and cardio, and even though his punches don’t carry a lot of power, he still can put his opponents in trouble when he lands. Even though Covington lost when it mattered the most, he hasn’t stopped talking trash and seems more motivated than ever to be undisputed champion.

Woodley, currently ranked fifth, is considered one of the best welterweights of all time despite his recent lackluster performances. Woodley won the welterweight title by knocking out Lawler in the first round at UFC 201. Woodley would follow up that performance by having a Fight-of-the-Year contender with Stephen Thompson that saw the fight end in a majority draw.

Woodley would go on to defend his title three more times before losing his title in dominant fashion to the current champion that saw all three judges give all five rounds to Usman at UFC 235.

Woodley wouldn’t fight until over a year later at an event this past May that saw Woodley face rising star Gilbert Burns. Woodley shockingly got dominated and lost by unanimous decision and didn’t win a single round yet again.

Woodley can either have an exciting fight that sees him finish his opponent in the first or second round or where Woodley looks hesitant and doesn’t throw many punches and has a lackluster fight. Despite the setbacks, Woodley has acknowledged the fact that he needs to let his hands go and not be so hesitant to throw punches. On Woodley’s best night, he’s the greatest welterweight to walk the Earth.

Despite Woodley’s most recent performances, it gives me confidence hearing him acknowledge that he needs to let his hands go, so I’m picking Woodley to knock Covington out by the second round. This Saturday’s ESPN+ card is so good, it could pass as a PPV card. Catch all of the great fights this Saturday on ESPN+!

Tidwell’s pick record: 4-2 (Correctly picked Overeem to defeat Sakai two weeks ago)

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