We just might have a main event for UFC 230 now.
Following Saturday night’s successful title defense by Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till at UFC 228, Woodley was called out by Colby Covington.
Covington, who claimed the interim crown earlier this year only to be stripped of the belt for having to miss this fight with Woodley due to surgery, challenged him for November and the UFC’s return to New York City.
“Tyrone! You didn’t blow it!!!” Covington posted immediately following the fight on Twitter. “Time for you to come see me in (Madison Square Garden). America’s Champ has another promise to keep.”
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) September 9, 2018
Woodley, during his interview at the post-fight press conference, seemed very interested in the fight date.
“If November is the date they’re looking for a main event, I think they got the guy,” he said.
Woodley looked the part of the best welterweight in the world this weekend, having no troubles with the bigger Till. The former NCAA wrestling standout dominated the previously unbeaten fighter, locking up his first submission in almost a decade in the second round.
Covington, meanwhile, has been on a roll since a 2015 loss to Warlley Alves. He claimed the interim belt in June with a victory over Rafael dos Anjos, adding to wins vs. Demian Maia, Dong Hyun Kim and Bryan Barberena.
UFC president Dana White also seemed to clarify plans for the division, as he told BT Sport out of Britain that Covington will be the next contender for the title before the Woodley-Till bout went down.
At the moment, the UFC 230 card features such fights as Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. David Branch, Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa and Dustin Poirier vs. Nate Diaz. However, there have been reports that the Romero-Costa and Poirier-Diaz bouts could be in jeopardy of taking place.
Below is the current card for the event:
Middleweight: Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman
Middleweight: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. David Branch
Middleweight: Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa
Lightweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Nate Diaz
Middleweight: Derek Brunson vs. Israel Adesanya
Bantamweight: Lyman Good vs. Sultan Aliev
Bantamweight: Brian Kelleher vs. Domingo Pilarte
Lightweight: Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata
Middleweight: Karl Roberson vs. Jack Marshman
Featherweight: Shane Burgos vs. Kurt Holobaugh
Featherweight: Julio Arce vs. Sheymon Moraes