Last time Colby Covington fought for the UFC, he won the interim welterweight belt, proudly putting it on Donald Trump’s shoulder with president Dana White. Now, he’s apparently fighting again but against the UFC itself.
Covington has now sat on the sidelines for eight months waiting to get a match vs titleholder Tyron Woodley. On a recent statement, the American mixed martial artist threatened to file a lawsuit against the UFC and vowed to make its life ‘a living hell’ if not granted the shot.
The former interim welterweight champ is firing the UFC anew; saying he’s taking charges to court if the promotion will not bid him the title shot he ‘deserves.’ For Covington, him not getting a title match is like Tom Brady not participating in the Super Bowl despite AFC win.
“We may have to go to court, and this may be a lawsuit because let’s be honest: If (Tom) Brady wins the AFC championship… and just all of a sudden Roger Goodell says, ‘You’re not going to the Super Bowl because we don’t like you’ – no, that’s not how it works,” Covington told MMAjunkie Radio.
Covington’s rage sparked after White refused to guarantee him a match against the winner of Woodley’s title fight vs. Kamaru Usman. The UFC chief said he must work his way back to contention first.
“Colby now is going to have to fight again and earn the spot to get back,” White said during a Facebook Live chat with the Las Vegas Review-Journal following a UFC 235 press conference.
After his trip with the UFC president at the White House, Covington’s relationship with the promotion soured when he turned thumbs down to a fight vs Usman on six weeks’ notice at UFC Brooklyn. He also dismissed a fight against Woodley at UFC 228 for a pending nasal surgery.
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) January 12, 2019
“If the UFC wants to be a circus and be a corrupt business and go about their business, then that’s their problem. I’m standing up for what I believe in. I’m not backing down,” Covington said via MMAJunkie Radio.
According to White, Usman earned the title shot after scoring an impressive win against ex-champ Rafael dos Anjos and for taking all fights he was offered. Despite this, Covington said he doesn’t care what ‘uncle fester’ White says; continuing to brag his records.
“I don’t care what Uncle Fester has to say. I’m the No. 1 ranked fighter in the world. Go look it up on the UFC website. I had a belt wrapped around my waist by Uncle Fester. I was the only fighter to go the White House. What else do you have to do? What’s the criteria to get a title shot these days?”
The Oregon native also claims his fights’ audiences are bigger than any other welterweight fighter in the promotion. He said the UFC wants him to go backwards “for a fifth of the paycheck that they promised” despite a loud callout from fans to fight again.
“That ain’t happening. I’ll sit on the shelf all day. We’ll go to court. I’ll make it a living hell for the UFC. I don’t give an (expletive). They’re already trying to make my life a living hell. The business they’re trying to do right now is ridiculous. It doesn’t make sense,” he said.
“They know how valuable I am. They know I am the biggest draw in the welterweight division and soon to be the biggest draw in the sport. They can’t stop my progression and my growth. I’m getting better every day,” Covington continued.
“I’m 30 years young. Every time I step in the gym at American Top Team I’m getting better, I grow, I mature every single day. You haven’t seen the best of me yet, and they can’t keep me down. They can delay me, but they cannot deny me.”
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