Colby Covington Will Have Armed Security Team At UFC 225

Welterweight standout Colby Covington is preparing to challenge former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in the co-main event of June 9’s UFC 225 from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. And while his 13-1 professional record and 8-1 UFC record has likely earned him that shot, it’s his brash and outspoken personality that has really […]

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Welterweight standout Colby Covington is preparing to challenge former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in the co-main event of June 9’s UFC 225 from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

And while his 13-1 professional record and 8-1 UFC record has likely earned him that shot, it’s his brash and outspoken personality that has really drawn attention to him. In recent memory, Covington has taken shots at a wide variety of fighters and actually needed extra security to leave the arena following his last fight, a decision victory over Demian Maia last October in Brazil.

Following that victory, Covington made headlines when he made controversial comments towards the Brazilian crowd. Because of this, few became worried when it was originally reported that Covington would take on dos Anjos at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro.

That’s no longer the plan, but Covington and his team are taking precautions to maintain his safety nonetheless:

“We’ve already taken those measures,” Covington told MMAjunkie Radio. “Luckily, my agent, Dan Lambert, has all the money in the world. He’s already hired a full security guard team, (and) whenever I go to events or anything related to the UFC, I will have armed security guards with me.”

And as far as those who have fired back at him go, Covington advised his adversaries to ‘stop acting like street thugs’:

“At the end of the day, we’re professional prize fighters – stop acting like street thugs,” Covington said. “We’re not going to fight in the streets. I get paid a lot of money to go in there and fight on pay-per-view. I’m not fighting in the street.

“All these guys that want to act tough and act like they’re hard in the street, that’s cool, man. I’m glad you want to act hard, and your emotions are driving crazy, but you need to get out of your feelings, nerds.”

What do you make of Covington’s antics?

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Derrick Lewis Has no Plans to Squash Beef With Francis Ngannou

Don’t expect Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou to be chummy after UFC 226. Lewis and Ngannou are set to collide at UFC 226 on July 7. It’s a heavyweight grudge match that is highly anticipated. Both men are known for their punching power an…

Don’t expect Derrick Lewis and Francis Ngannou to be chummy after UFC 226. Lewis and Ngannou are set to collide at UFC 226 on July 7. It’s a heavyweight grudge match that is highly anticipated. Both men are known for their punching power and have a combined 24 career knockouts. There’s a bit of a […]

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Weidman: I’m ‘still young in my MMA career’

The former UFC middleweight champion sounds like he’s gearing up for another title run in the not-too-distant future. Age is just a number and time is relative. Especially when you’re a former world champion who should, by all rights, stil…

The former UFC middleweight champion sounds like he’s gearing up for another title run in the not-too-distant future.

Age is just a number and time is relative. Especially when you’re a former world champion who should, by all rights, still be in the prime of his career. That’s where 33-year-old Chris Weidman finds himself, now just under a decade into a pro-fighting journey that started back in 2009.

The team Serra-Longo athlete took the UFC by storm between 2011 and 2013, racking up seven wins – including two over Anderson Silva – to grab the middleweight title and take his record to an unbeaten 11-0. In the five years since, however, Weidman has competed just six more times, and lost half of those by knockout. He’s also been sidelined over those years by a string of injuries, including his knee, hand, ribs, and neck.

In July of last year, he broke his three fight losing skid to beat former TUF champion Kelvin Gastelum. But, Weidman hasn’t fought since. The reason? An ongoing injury to his left thumb, which he apparently dislocated during the UFC on FOX 25 main event.

“Basically, they took the tendon out of my wrist to anchor my thumb into the socket because the ligament had torn,” Wediman revealed in an interview with ESPN. “[The doctor] kind of did tell me, it’s almost the equivalent of doing an ACL on a knee. I’m like, ‘What? What happened to that six-week mark you were talking about?’”

That was back in November. And while it sounds like he’s still rehabbing, Weidman also sounds pretty confident that he’ll be able to make a major impact on the middleweight division when he returns. He talked about his expected comeback in a recent interview on the MMA Hour (transcript via MMA Mania).

“I have some great fights coming for myself,” Weidman told Ariel Helwani. “I have accomplished a lot, but I am still young in my MMA career, as far as fights. I have a lot of great things coming. I’m not to the point where I am going to start looking back and wishing or saying ‘If I wasn’t injured for that, or this things would be different.’ I am very blessed in where I am in this sport. I am blessed for everything I have accomplished so far and I am blessed with the abilities that I have.

“When I speak and say I am the best in the world and have the capability to dominate everybody in my weight class, I really believe that. If I give half of my energy to this sport and really didn’t give 100-percent of my mental to this sport, then I could finish my career as a fan favorite; win some, lose some, win some big fights, lose some big fights. But I feel I really have the mentality and the physical abilities to completely dominate my weight class. I have to get back physically first with this hand, and get my mentality where I need to be and I can run through everybody.”

With his win over Gastelum, and Luke Rockhold talking about moving to light heavyweight – not to mention Robert Whittaker already having beaten Jacare Souza and Derek Brunson – if Whittaker comes out of UFC 225 with the belt still around his waist, Weidman could easily be right in title contention. Especially so if he can finish rehabbing and get another big win sometime over the summer.

Time off isn’t usually something fighters are looking for, and injuries are always bad news. But, in Weidman’s case, all his time on the sidelines may have left him as fighter best positioned for the kind of return run he so clearly sees for himself.

Chris Weidman Says He Can ‘Dominate Everybody’ At Middleweight

Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is just 33 years old, which likely implies that he has quite a few good fighting years left in him. With that being said, injuries have always been an issue for the Long Island native, and he hasn’t competed since last July when he scored a stoppage victory over […]

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Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman is just 33 years old, which likely implies that he has quite a few good fighting years left in him.

With that being said, injuries have always been an issue for the Long Island native, and he hasn’t competed since last July when he scored a stoppage victory over Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC on FOX 25.

The layoff, which has come due to a thumb injury, however, hasn’t crushed Weidman’s spirits, as he still feels as if a bright future is ahead of him:

“I have some great fights coming for myself,” Weidman said on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour. “I have accomplished a lot, but I am still young in my MMA career, as far as fights. I have a lot of great things coming. I’m not to the point where I am going to start looking back and wishing or saying ‘If I wasn’t injured for that, or this things would be different.’ I am very blessed in where I am in this sport. I am blessed for everything I have accomplished so far and I am blessed with the abilities that I have.”

And Weidman certainly has accomplished quite a bit throughout his mixed martial arts career. He’s 14-3 as a professional, owns two wins over the legendary Anderson Silva and defended the 185-pound title three-straight times.

But the ex-champion isn’t done yet and if he has it his way, his hand will heal up in the coming months and he’ll have the chance to show the division just how talented he is:

“When I speak and say I am the best in the world and have the capability to dominate everybody in my weight class, I really believe that,” Weidman said. “If I give half of my energy to this sport and really didn’t give 100-percent of my mental to this sport, then I could finish my career as a fan favorite; win some, lose some, win some big fights, lose some big fights. But I feel I really have the mentality and the physical abilities to completely dominate my weight class. I have to get back physically first with this hand, and get my mentality where I need to be and I can run through everybody.”

Who would you like to see Weidman take on upon his return?

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Dana White to Reach Decision on Nick Newell Tomorrow (April 25)

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White will soon decide whether or not Nick Newell will join the promotion. It’s no secret that Newell has been calling for a spot on the UFC roster. The former World Series of Fighting lightweig…

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White will soon decide whether or not Nick Newell will join the promotion. It’s no secret that Newell has been calling for a spot on the UFC roster. The former World Series of Fighting lightweight has only lost to Justin Gaethje in his professional mixed martial arts career. With […]

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Lewis: I’ll still have that grudge against Ngannou after UFC 226

Derrick Lewis has made things personal between him and upcoming opponent Francis Ngannou. UFC heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis has been calling for a fight against Francis Ngannou since he stopped Marcin Tybura last February. Apparentl…

Derrick Lewis has made things personal between him and upcoming opponent Francis Ngannou.

UFC heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis has been calling for a fight against Francis Ngannou since he stopped Marcin Tybura last February. Apparently, this intent to make a fight happen is fueled by something deeper.

In a recent interview with MMAjunkie, “The Black Beast” revealed an encounter he had with Ngannou a couple of years ago, when they fought in the same cards twice.

“We’ve fought on the same card twice, in Croatia and then in Albany,” Lewis said. “I didn’t say anything bad about him. I was telling him, ‘Good luck.’ He came up to me saying, ‘Derrick Lewis, you’re my next opponent.’ This is before the weigh-in. He comes shaking my hand, ‘Derrick Lewis, my next opponent.’ I said, ‘OK, yeah. We can get it on.’”

“Then after he won his fight, he called everyone out but me,” he added. “I thought he wanted to fight me, so why didn’t he call me out? Then after I won, I called him out. MMAjunkie interviewed him and asked what he thinks about me.”

“He was talking sh-t about me saying I’m too slow and this and that and that he would beat me with ease. Ever since then, he’s been talking sh-t.”

Because of this encounter, Lewis has since taken things more personal with Ngannou. And he does not plan on being cordial at all, even after they finally fight it out at UFC 226.

“When the fight is over with, I’m not going to be shaking his hand and all that,” Lewis said. “To me, whenever a fighter tries to talk sh-t to me before a fight then shakes your hand afterward – Nah. I’m not going to do all that.”

“I’m still going to have that little grudge toward him. I’m not trying to be his friend after. I’m happy to get it over with. The fans, they wanted this fight for a long time. Might as well give them what they ask for.”

UFC 226 takes place on July 7th in Las Vegas. It will be headlined by two title fights: a featherweight championship bout between Max Holloway and Brian Ortega at the co-main event slot, followed by the massive super-fight between champions Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier in the main.