Colby Covington thinks Tyron Woodley will throw the Jake Paul fight.
Former UFC welterweight champion Woodley and Paul will square off in a boxing match Aug. 28 on Showtime pay-per-view.
“Without a doubt, he’s picking these fights with guys that are kind of toward the end of their career,” Covington told MMA Junkie. “Make no mistakes – Tyron has a great legacy. He was a world champion for a couple of times, but he’s past his time. He’s almost 40 years old now. He’s 38, 39, and Jake’s taking the right steps and taking the right fights with the right fighters that are kind of at the end of their careers and don’t really have enough gas left in the tank, so it’s sad.”
“But they’re doing this on purpose, and I really think Tyron is going out there to take a dive. I think he’s broke. He needs the money. He’s got mouths to feed. He’s got a lot of alimony paychecks to pay. So I think he’s just going to go out there and take a dive. It’s going to be a circus, and we know boxing is the most corrupt sport in the world as it is. So this little side circus they’re doing with Jake Paul, of course they’re going to favor his way to make it a work.”
Although he’s focused on capturing UFC gold, Covington wouldn’t mind getting in there with Paul himself, but he doubts the fight would happen.
“Tyrone – that is my son. So I’m the legal guardian of Tyron Woodley, so I might have to show up and create some chaos, get some stuff started,” Covington said. “Jake Paul needs to know he’s not a real fighter. He’s a little YouTube star. He was a little Lizzy McGuire Disney child kid growing up and now he’s got a bunch of fame from the Disney world.”
“But I’m still Tyron’s daddy and Jake Paul has to come see daddy if he wants to claim to be one of the best fighters in the world. But until then, you want to keep fighting these guys that are past their time, then OK. But it’s not credible and Tyron Woodley does not represent the MMA world.”