Things seemed to be right in the world between Colby Covington and UFC President Dana White in August 2018. Covington comes from a dominant performance over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225 to become the interim welterweight champion. This is the type of white she seems to like because she is an excellent speaker who can then support her inside the Octagon.
When you combine these factors, they are more often than not licensed to print money. Covington appeared to be well on his way to becoming one of the next big stars for the organization when he became the first UFC fighter to appear at the White House, meeting with President Donald Trump.
But then the wheels came out of the tracks in Covington’s mind. He says the UFC wanted to close him against then-champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 228 in September 2018 to determine an undisputed champion. Covington was unable to win the race because of the need for nasal surgery and was subsequently removed by the organization as the intermediate title holder. White then said that Covington turned to Usman and Woodley, who Covington denied.
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Going into his quest for gold, which culminates at Saturday’s UFC 245 when fighting today’s Kamaru Usman title, the 31-year-old feels he was lying to White after eating him to the point where he lost respect to his boss and that Covington does not want to leave the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as a welterweight champion.
“Absolutely, I don’t want to win the belt,” Covington told Sporting News. “And I love it. That’s what drives me to be great and keep the UFC great.
“He’s treated me like I am, so I’ll treat him like s- He’s also the guy who stripped me of the title of America, the title of the people, for no reason, I went to the UFC doctors to get nose surgery. They wanted me to return from a five-minute fight with Rafael dos Nachos (Anjos) with a six-week warning and I can still assure that I will fight Tyron Woodley-Darren Till. pass it back to Me lying down again And that was where Marty Fake Usman got to fight Woodley He comes to me in this fight and tells me I’ll fight with the winner I promise you But then I have to go through Robbie Lawler. UFC) come to me and tell me that I have no choice but to fight Robbie Lawler or I’ll never get a title again and lock you in a contract.
“I’m so sick of being treated like this, I get all those unfulfilled promises and disrespect, I’m not going to respect people who disrespect me.”
The main event of UFC 245 is as personal as it gets. The words exchanged between Covington and Usman were harsh, including one incident when they nearly hit a buffet line the day Usman beat Woodley to win the UFC 235 title.
“As a person, I don’t like fake ones,” Covington said. “He’s always lying to the media, trying to say he’s from Nigeria, he was born in Dallas and went to college in Nebraska, and he’s trying to say he’s more American than me. He’s in the military. What is his family serving outside? from the fact that he is in a federal prison? “
Covington enters UFC 245 as an underdog. It’s a role that doesn’t matter because he feels in his heart that Usman can’t beat him. And when ring announcer Bruce Buffer announces him the new UFC welterweight champion, it’s not white that Covington wants to put the belt around his waist. He is a political activist Candace Owens.
The “chaos” continues to send a white message if it refuses Covington’s request.
“Dana White is not allowed to put the title around my waist, and she knows that,” Covington said flatly. “After UFC 244 and the Bernie Sanders Trophy Race, they made the title around the middle of Street Judas, Jorge Masvidal. If they do, then I want Candace Owens to wrap the belt around my waist. the first line in the presence. If it doesn’t wrap around my waist, then I feel bad for Dana White. ”