UFC news, rumors: Colby Covington gets Tyron Woodley fight hype going; CM Punk addresses future

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley made yet another emphatic statement Saturday night at UFC 228 when he defeated up-and-coming challenger Darren Till via second-round submission. While sometimes the future seems cloudy for a champion coming out of a defense, that really doesn't seem to be the case with Woodley, as most expect him to face former interim champion Colby Covington at some point in the near future. If that does in fact turn out to be the case, as you'd expect, the brash Covington wasted no time getting the hype train journeying down the tracks. 

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Colby Covington uses all the hyperbole

Covington appeared on "Ariel Helwani's MMA Show" on ESPN coming right out of UFC 228 on Monday, and of course, the controversial welterweight contender put forth his best effort to get everyone invested in a title fight with Woodley. The fighter, affectionately known as "Chaos", started out by expressing his desire for the title bout to take place at UFC 230 in Madison Square Garden, an event that still needs a main event. The "Make America Great Again" supporter then revealed that Donald Trump Jr. reached out to him to express that the Trump family would attend if that is where the championship match takes place. And to really push the matter to a hyperbolic level, Covington proclaimed he believes this matchup would be bigger than the upcoming lightweight championship showdown between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. 

At UFC 225 in Chicago, Covington was crowned the interim welterweight champion when he defeated the legendary Rafael dos Anjos by unanimous decision as Woodley continued to heal from shoulder surgery. The expectation was that Covington was to be Woodley's opponent at UFC 228 this past weekend, but the 30-year-old declined while citing the need for at least another month to heal up from nagging injuries of his own. 

But now, it appears the stars are beginning to align for these two meeting inside the Octagon in the near future, and as we all suspected, we can very much count on Covington to draw all the attention possible -- hyperbolic or not -- to the title showdown. 

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  • CM Punk also made an appearance with Ariel Helwani on Monday, and when asked about his UFC career likely being over following the lopsided loss to Mike Jackson at UFC 225, he didn't shut down returning to a cage again. Punk said that he will return to training with the Duke Roufus camp, but couldn't give a potential timetable for making a definitive decision on a return to MMA -- be that in the UFC or elsewhere -- due to all the outside projects he's currently wrapped up in. 
  • Nicco Montano has spoken following her removal from UFC 228 on Saturday and what was scheduled to be the first defense of her women's flyweight title. In an Instagram post on Monday, Montano went into great detail regarding the medical issues she was dealing with this past Friday, while calling No. 1 contender Valentina Shevchenko a "lying bully." Montano was stripped of the flyweight title shortly after she was deemed unable to compete on the card in the co-main event. 
  • Speaking of Shevchenko, she, too, appeared with Helwani on Monday. She was asked about the above post and proceeded to laugh it off. But that wasn't necessarily the most important question presented to "Bullet." Shevchenko was asked about potentially squaring off with former women's strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the recently-vacated flyweight title -- possibly before the end of the year -- and she was very open to welcoming that dream bout fans would undoubtedly love to see. For what it's worth, Jedrzejczyk did reveal to CBS Sports back in July that she's been mulling a move up to the flyweight ranks. 

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