Colby Covington vs Tyron Woodley

Colby Covington (-340)

Record: 15-2-0

Age: 32

Height: 5’9″

Weight: 170

Reach: 72″

Last 5 Fights:

L – R5 TKO – Kamaru Usman (15-1-0)

W – U Dec – Robbie Lawler (28-13-0)

W – U Dec – Rafael dos Anjos (28-9-0)

W – U Dec – Demian Maia (25-7-0)

W – U Dec – Dong Hyun Kim (22-3-1)

Tyron Woodley (+265)

Record: 19-5-1

Age: 38

Height: 5’8″

Weight: 170

Reach: 74″

Last 5 Fights:

L – U Dec – Gilbert Burns (18-3-0)

L – U Dec – Kamaru Usman (14-1-0)

W – R2 Sub – Darren Till (17-0-1)

W – U Dec – Demian Maia (25-6-0)

W – U Dec – Stephen Thompson (13-1-1)

Prediction: Colby Covington via Unanimous Decision

This match-up is long overdue and at 38 years old, Woodley’s path to victory has seemingly dissipated. He was dominated by Usman and Burns in his last two fights and Covington will have no problem bringing that same, high-paced attack. Look for Covington to force Woodley against the fence and work the clinch early on. He’s been living in Woodley’s head for years now, so Woodley should come into this fight with a lot more energy than he’s shown recently. However, once he’s drained that energy and the power is no longer a threat, Covington will be much more willing to stand and trade strikes. This will be Covington’s first fight since leaving American Top Team and I expect him to look even better. He’s a controversial character that draws a lot of negative attention and being at a big gym with so many other big names had clearly become a distraction. Despite the controversy, Covington has proven to be the real deal inside the octagon. He works extremely hard and he’s eager for another title shot. Take Colby to get it done.

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