The two men’s welterweights that will take to the octagon as the final co-main event for UFC Vegas 11 this Saturday, September 19, will have the title on their mind when #2 Colby Covington takes on #5 Tyron Woodley at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This will be the first time Covington takes the stage since losing to now welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. With a 15-2 record, Covington has won the majority of fights via decision. Also known as “Chaos,” Covington had won his previous seven fights, two of which were against ranked opponents, before losing via TKO to Usman. Averaging 4.91 takedowns per 15 minutes, Covington is a dominant grappler, landing 51 percent of his attempts. While he’s also a consistent striker, Covington’s bread-and-butter is when he’s on the ground though. The 5-foot-11 orthodox-stance fighter will be giving up two inches in reach to Woodley.
As for Woodley, he’s an older fighter, now 38. With a 19-5 UFC record, Woodley will enter as the more experienced fighter. “The Chosen One” also has his fair share of high-profile bouts, having lost to Usman and Gilbert Burns, who are champion and #1 in the class, his last two fights. Woodley had the belt for 945 days back, starting his reign over the class in 2016. Woodley can do it all, having seven victories by KO or TKO and five via submission. Woodley is incredible as a defender, blocking 56 percent of opponent’s strikes and 90 percent of opponent’s takedown attempts. His striking numbers aren’t astonishing, but he does land 2.38 significant strikes per minute with 49 percentage accuracy, much better than Covington’s 37 percent.
This bout will be a legendary one with both fighters looking for one more shot at the belt. Having both recently lost to Usman, this fight will either set Woodley’s career far back, or put Covington well-behind in another chance at a title fight.
Here are the betting odds at DraftKings Sportsbook for Colby Covington vs. Tyron Woodley at UFC Fight Night on September 19th.
Money line odds
Colby Covington: -360
Tyron Woodley: +275
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