Tyron Woodley has added a new wrinkle to his training camp for his upcoming fight against Colby Covington on Sept. 19 at UFC Vegas 11.
The former champ has added welterweight title challenger, and BMF champ of the UFC, Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal, to help him prepare for Covington. What makes this an interesting move is the bad blood that lyes between Masvidal and Covington. The two are former roommates, close friends, and training partners who’s relationship turned sour over a dispute about a payment Covington owed to one of Masvidal’s coaches.
Here’s what Woodley had to say about bringing in Masvidal to help prepare him for Covington.
“What people don’t know about me and Jorge, I’ve trained with Jorge five years straight before, like when I first joined ATT (American Top Team) and he was at ATT you know, we trained hell on wheels,” Woodley told ESPN. “Me and him, Tiago Alves, Yves Edwards, that’s all we had. That was our group, and that’s who we trained with everyday, we helped each other. And then it wasn’t that he went up a weight class, I just started going to different camps and getting what I needed. I started going to Wild Card boxing, I started to go to muay thai academy, then I started bouncing around to camps that gave me what I needed for that opponent. Roufus Sport, whatever it was. But I’ve always been at ATT, and I’ve always supported Jorge. If you go look back at the last two or three years, you’ll see me giving Jorge his credit, and being happy for him genuinely that he’s finally making the money. So when he did that and reached out, I said hell yeah, let’s get it in.”
Woodley and Covington have shared bad blood for the better part of three years, and they are also former training partners of one another. At one point in time, Covington was a paid sparring/training partner for Woodley’s camps.
They will settle their differences in a five round main event taking place, Saturday, Sept. 19, for UFC Vegas 11.