Verbal agreements are in place for Woodley, 38, to fight Covington, 32, in September with a date yet to be determined.
Tyron Woodley x Colby Covington is closer to becoming a reality than ever before. They have both verbally agreed to fight in September. Currently, it's the main event on Sept. 19. But that's the UFC 253 date, no? Well that might move to Abu Dhabi on 9/26. Fluid right now.
- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 10, 2020
Verbal agreements are in place for Colby Covington to fight Tyron Woodley in September, per @arielhelwani.
A date has yet to be finalized. pic.twitter.com/9DQznGweN3
- ESPN MMA (@espnmma) August 10, 2020
But the long-awaited clash between former teammates has a target date of September 19 in Las Vegas at the UFC Apex.
Former UFC welterweight champion Woodley took to social media to reveal that he's in training camp for Covington.
On Instagram, he wrote: "Champ Camp in Session! September 19th CockRoach Covington Gets Squashed!"
In the video, he says: "So, Sept. 19, you guys this is the first time I have said it right here. Sept. 19, me and Colby Covington headlining a UFC card, APEX, get it in.
"You heard it here first. Go and tell everybody. I've been trying to fight this dude for two years. Now it's time. I'm motivated, I feel good."
The intense rivalry between Woodley and Covington stretches back many years following a stint together as training partners at American Top Team.
Their relationship turned sour when Covington went on a public campaign against Woodley in hopes of securing a UFC title shot.
Covington had previously said that his beef with Woodley is "beyond personal."
.@ColbyCovMMA wants "beyond personal" fight against @TWooodley on "Dana White's fight island" this year:
"I'm going to end that b*tch. They can just throw his dead body to the sharks."
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- MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) April 7, 2020
In April, 'Chaos' said: "This fight is multiple years in the making. This fight is beyond personal. There is a serious beef between me and Tyron Woodley, and it needs to be settled."
Woodley is currently on a two-fight losing skid, having lost to Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns.
Covington, on the other hand, hasn't fought since his devastating defeat to Usman at UFC 245 last December.
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