Leon Edwards has accused former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley of “running” from a fight with him. The Brit is now hoping to fight controversial contender Colby Covington instead.
Edwards was supposed to meet Woodley in the main event at UFC London last month. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic saw the fight fall apart before the card was scrapped. Since the fight was called off Woodley has begun to chase other fights, earlier this week he was talking about fighting middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.
Speaking to South China Morning Post Edwards accused Woodley of avoiding a fight with him, he said.
“He made every excuse in the book [the first time], and not once has he called my name since the fight was postponed,” Edwards said of the 38-year-old former champ. “He’s been calling out everyone else apart from me. He doesn’t want to fight me.
“He’s getting up there in age,” Edwards added. “I think he knows that, if I beat him, where does he go? He’d be on a back-to-back losing streak and I reckon he knows I’ve got all the tools to beat him. That’s why he’s running from it.”
‘Rocky’ is instead hoping to fight Covington in order to earn a title shot.
“I would love to shut him up,” Edwards said of Covington. “I’ve never liked the guy.
“I feel it’s a great match-up. He’s like Usman but less powerful. He’s a pace fighter. He has the cardio, he wants to keep the pace up and break you that way. I think if you don’t let him push you back, he’s quite easy to beat. Technically, he’s just a standard fighter.
“I’m looking for a title shot. If I have to do one more before the title shot, then Colby or Woodley would be perfect.”
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