In recent years, Woodley has spent a lot of time training out of Roufusport in Milwaukee, but the decorated wrestler continues to be a member of ATT. Not only does the champ still spend some time training at the Florida based camp, but Woodley also often uses ATT coaches as cornermen.
Well, recently Covington was a guest on “Submission Radio“, and the welterweight reportedly made it clear he doesn’t view Woodley as a teammate. Covington noted that Woodley spends most of his time training at Roufusport, and also said he doesn’t train with Woodley anymore, when he’s at ATT.
But, “Chaos” also had this to say, while discussing Woodley (quotes via Bloody Elbow):
“He’s just mentally weak, man,” Woodley said. “In the wrestling world he’s mentally weak, he’s a breaker. That’s what we call it. He breaks. Mentally, he’s not there, man. He’s an explosive, athletic athlete, but he’s not a fighter, a true fighter. He’s not a warrior. And it showed in wrestling, you know, it showed in college, it shows in the training room.
“He doesn’t like to go hard, he doesn’t like to grind with the guys cause he can’t do that anymore. He’s older, his body’s breaking down and he doesn’t have a cardio gas tank. That’s why you don’t see him wrestle really in fights anymore.”
“I just remember (our sparring sessions) being easy. I was like, dude, this guy is so pathetic,” Covington added. “He doesn’t like it tough. He doesn’t like things hard…”
Wow. Those are fighting words no? If you’ve been following Covington in recent months, then you know that he hasn’t been shy about calling out other fighters, or slinging trash talk in the process.
Covington isn’t knocking on the title shot door just yet, but he is coming off a decision win over Dong Hyun Kim, and is ranked #9. So, there’s certainly a chance that Woodley and Covington will battle in the Octagon at some juncture.
Woodley is booked to fight Demian Maia at UFC 214, July 29th.