Woodley’s coach: “Colby is just slow”
Tyron Woodley’s coach and MMA veteran Din Thomas believes that Woodley’s potential opponent Colby Covington is just slow.
The champ will not fight Covington due to thumb surgery that will keep him from defending the title at UFC 230. The two were expected to fight at UFC 228 before a nasal surgery forced Covington to withdraw. But Thomas does not believe Covington could be a challenge to Woodley.
“Colby is just slow,” Thomas told MMAjunkie Radio. “He can grind, and it’s part of the reason he can grind, because he’s not an explosive athlete. When you get guys that are really explosive, it takes a lot more energy to do it. But Colby, he’s slow on his feet. Everything he does is very slow, so you can exploit opportunities on him because he is so slow.”
“(St-Pierre has) never been a natural fighter,” Thomas said. “He’s a great competitor – one of the greatest competitors the UFC’s ever seen. But he’s never been a natural fighter, and it’s hard to really learn how to do that. I think it goes all the way back to when he fought Matt Serra. When Matt hit him that first time, he turned away and started tapping.
“That (says) a lot about a person’s personality, not necessarily their fighting ability – that’s in your DNA. He’s been able to overcome some of that and compensate just being a great competitor. But he’s not a natural fighter. And when you fight him and you force him to fight, GSP will break.
“I think the same thing (about Usman) a little bit. He’s a little bit more of a fighter than GSP, but his chin hasn’t been tested yet. And his defense on his feet isn’t the greatest. I think he’s still working on it, but his defense isn’t the greatest.”