Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has revealed his fight against Colby Covington ended with a gruesome broken rib in the main fight of UFC’s Vegas 11 Fight Night.
While Covington was dominant throughout the fight having won every round on the scorecards, it looked as though it could go the distance when early in the fifth round Woodley had Covington in a standing guillotine hold but Covington took it to the mat when Woodley shouted “I’ve hurt my rib”.
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He laid on the canvas for some time while doctors tended to him and Covington celebrated the win.
He was soon helped out of the octagon and taken to hospital.
He initially told ESPN UFC reporter Ariel Helwani that his rib “popped out” but scans showed that it was more serious that first thought with a clean break.
Woodley said “it was the most pain ever”.
It was a big loss for Woodley who has lost three straight fights with UFC president Dana White even saying he thinks the former champ should retire.
“I think he should start thinking about hanging it up,” White said. “He’s had a great career. He’s made his money.
“We all get old, man. This happens to the best of us. Woodley’s had a good career. He’s been a champion. He’s been around awhile. He had a good run in Strikeforce, too.”
Covington rubbed in the victory as well.
An outspoken fan of US president Donald Trump and proudly sporting a “Make America Great Again” cap, the president even interrupted Covington’s post match press conference to congratulate the 32-year-old fighter.
The war of words between the men also continued after the fight with Covington taking a few more shots at Woodley.
Covington slammed the Black Lives Matter movement, labelling Woodley a “communist”, saying “he hates America” and taking aim at “woke athletes” and calling LeBron James a “spineless coward”.
Of the pre-fight war of words and post fight outburst, White said “I saw it a f***ing mile away” but wouldn’t step in.
“My point in saying that is we’ve never stopped anybody from expressing themselves and saying how they feel,” White explained. “My philosophy is always this is a fight. People are gonna say mean s*** to each other. It’s like, ‘they shouldn’t be allowed to say that.’ They’re gonna f***ing punch each other in the face tomorrow. This is the fight game. I don’t believe in all that.”