LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 18: In this handout image provided by UFC,(L-R) Colby Covington and … [+] Tyron Woodley face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on September 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Tonight, the UFC holds its last event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas before it jets off to “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi for a series of fight cards. Tonight’s affair is headlined by a long-awaited matchup between former teammates, Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley.
The two have had issues since Woodley used Covington as a sparring partner. Woodley was on his way to becoming the UFC welterweight champion. Covington had yet to join the UFC roster.
On Saturday, Covington and Woodley get to settle those differences inside the octagon.
Woodley won the welterweight title in 2016 with a knockout over Robbie Lawler. He defended the title four times before losing to Kamaru Usman in 2019. Woodley’s most recent outing ended with a decision loss to Gilbert Burns. That setback put the former champion on the first losing skid of his 25-fight career.
Covington has achieved a great deal since he joined the UFC in 2014. He opened his UFC career on an 8-1 run. In his 10th bout with the promotion, Covington defeated Rafael dos Anjos to become the interim welterweight champion. The UFC later stripped Covington of that title when he could not accept a title unification bout with Woodley in 2018 due to nose surgery. Covington