Tyron Woodley’s Coach Thinks ‘Chosen One’ Enters GOAT Conversation With Wins Over Colby Covington And Kamaru Usman
Current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley surge in the pound-for-pound list on the official UFC rankings after put on a stunning performance by defeating previously undefeated Darren Till in the main headliner of UFC 228 from Dallas earlier this month. Now ‘Chosen One’ has decided to declare himself the GOAT.
With Woodley successfully retained his title four times, his coach Din Thomas believes ‘Chosen One’ is nearing to enter George St-Pierre’s welterweight GOAT conversation by adding two more wins over Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman.
“I think, at this point, I’m going to have to say second,” Thomas said on a recent edition of The MMA Hour, per MMA Fighting. “Like you said, I think his résumé speaks for itself, when you think of the guys that he has beaten, even in his come-up, between like Carlos Condit, Kelvin Gastelum, Robbie Lawler. He’s beaten all those guys. But I think that a couple more title defenses will solidify his position. I think that’s all he needs. A win over Colby — to me, I think Colby’s an easy opponent, to be honest with you, but just on the résumé he kinda needs that just so he can have more title defenses — and maybe even Usman, but if he gets those two then he’s the best of all-time.”
Woodley can surpass Matt Hughes title defenses record with two more championships, but St-Pierre record seems unlikely.
A grudge match against outspoken Colby Covington is inevitable as UFC head honcho Dana White also said ‘Chaos’ will get title shot after UFC 228.
Woodley was in the discussion for Covington fight at the upcoming UFC 230 PPV event on Nov. 3, but ‘Chosen One’ ruled out of the potential contest after injuring his thumb against Darren Till at UFC 228.
Coach Thomas said Covington doesn’t pose any real threat to champ Woodley.
“He doesn’t have anything that’s dangerous to Tyron,” Thomas explained. “He doesn’t have the ability to knock him out with one punch if Tyron slips. He doesn’t have the ability to choke Tyron out — to play ‘take him down, take his back, choke him out.’ I don’t think he has that ability. The way Colby can win that fight is to obviously grind him out, and I don’t think he can outwrestle Tyron to get up to that point. So to me, that’s just kind of an easier matchup.”
Woodley will undergo thumb surgery that requires him to stay out of action for 8-12 weeks.
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