Tonight, the UFC holds its last event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas before it jets off to “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi for a series of fight cards. Tonight’s affair is headlined by a long-awaited matchup between former teammates, Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley.
The two have had issues since Woodley used Covington as a sparring partner. Woodley was on his way to becoming the UFC welterweight champion. Covington had yet to join the UFC roster.
On Saturday, Covington and Woodley get to settle those differences inside the octagon.
Woodley won the welterweight title in 2016 with a knockout over Robbie Lawler. He defended the title four times before losing to Kamaru Usman in 2019. Woodley’s most recent outing ended with a decision loss to Gilbert Burns. That setback put the former champion on the first losing skid of his 25-fight career.
Covington has achieved a great deal since he joined the UFC in 2014. He opened his UFC career on an 8-1 run. In his 10th bout with the promotion, Covington defeated Rafael dos Anjos to become the interim welterweight champion. The UFC later stripped Covington of that title when he could not accept a title unification bout with Woodley in 2018 due to nose surgery. Covington is 1-1 since the UFC stripped him of the interim crown. He defeated ex-champion Robbie Lawler in 2019. In his most recent outing, current welterweight champion, Usman scored a fifth-round TKO win over Covington.
Covington is the No. 2 ranked fighter in the official UFC welterweight rankings. Woodley is ranked at No. 5.
How to Watch or Live Stream UFC on ESPN+ 36
UFC on ESPN+ 36 takes place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday, September 19. The entire fight card streams on ESPN+.
Main Card (ESPN+):
Colby Covington vs. Tyron Woodley
Donald Cerrone vs. Niko Price
Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gerald Meerschaert
Johnny Walker vs. Ryan Spann
Mackenzie Dern vs. Randa Markos
Kevin Holland vs. Darren Stewart
Preliminary card (ESPN+):
Jordan Espinosa vs. David Dvořák
Mayra Bueno Silva vs. Mara Romero Borella
Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Sarah Alpar
Darrick Minner vs. T.J. Laramie
Journey Newson vs. Randy Costa
Andre Ewell vs. Irwin Rivera
Tyson Nam vs. Jerome Rivera