First of all, Colby Covington and Rafael Dos Anjos fighting for an interim title was just plain old silly. There was not any real good reason that they fought for gold when Tyron Woodley was going to defend the actual title, months later. The interim belt system has been a joke and devalues being a champion. ATT coach, Mike Brown, feels that interim titles should have more weight, however, we’ve seen that they are really not important at all.
To this day, I’m still not sure if Tony Ferguson even holds a title. Now, Colby Covington has joined him in limbo as another interim champion who was simply passed over.
The UFC announced Tyron Woodley vs Darren Till yesterday and it left some MMA fans scratching their heads. Usually, the first order of business when a champ comes back is to unify the belts. Instead, Till jumped the line after missing weight and putting on an abysmal performance against Stephen Thompson. Till will fight Woodley for the actual title and Colby Covington isn’t.
His coach, Mike Brown, chimed in and spoke to MMAFighting at the UFC on FOX 30 open workouts.
“I’m pretty bummed about it. I just feel like its devaluing the belts. You can’t just make every fight a title fight if it doesn’t go your way. It just doesn’t seem right, it doesn’t seem like it’s good for long-term value for the titles. That’s a big problem. That’s the bottom line, I think they’re devaluing the belts. Everybody sees it.”
Granted, Covington is unable to fight on the date that was offered to him, but you would think the UFC would just push the fight back a little to make it mean something. Nope. Till vs Woodley is set and Covington continues to cut his cheesy promos online.