Manager: It’s disappointing that Covington isn’t fighting for the title next

Dan Lambert discusses UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington taking on Robbie Lawler instead of champion Kamaru Usman. Colby Covington was theoretically at the front of the line to face new UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, but th…

Dan Lambert discusses UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington taking on Robbie Lawler instead of champion Kamaru Usman.

Colby Covington was theoretically at the front of the line to face new UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, but there’s been a change of plans.

The former interim welterweight titleholder will instead face ex-champion Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC on ESPN: Newark on August 3rd. It’s scheduled to be Covington’s first bout inside the Octagon since winning the interim belt vs. Rafael dos Anjos last June, only to be stripped of it when he was unable to face then-champion Tyron Woodley later that September.

Covington has repeatedly put the UFC on blast for its decision not to keep his place as the next title challenger, going as far as to (unsuccessfully) confront Dana White at the blackjack table.

In an interview with The Score’s James Lynch, Covington’s manager and coach Dan Lambert revealed what transpired that turned an Usman vs. Covington fight for UFC 244 in November to Covington vs. Lawler in August.

“I actually had lunch with Colby a few days ago and he was confirming that the November 2 fight was still on and wanted to make sure everything was a go and I told him it was a go,” said Lambert (via Sherdog). “It was promised, it was what we were told would happen.”

This seems like another example of UFC promises being more apt for a Naked Eyes song than something to actually count on.

The aforementioned UFC Newark card, originally scheduled for a European city, ended up in the United States and in need of a main event just a few weeks away from fight night. That’s when the UFC apparently came calling on “Chaos” to step in on short-ish notice.

“But the only caveat was I knew that they were anxious to fill a void on an Aug. 3 show. It’s a big ESPN show. I knew that some of the main events they were targeting did not come through. So, I had a feeling that he might be getting a phone call, and that call came last night. And sometimes they make an offer you can’t refuse, or maybe a demand you can’t refuse,” Lambert said.

It stands to reason that Covington could still get Usman if he beats Lawler, and perhaps remain targeted for that Madison Square Garden event in November as originally expected. That said, Lambert is not hiding the fact that he’s not pleased his fighter isn’t challenging for a belt in his next outing.

“It’s not really disappointment in the opponent, it’s just disappointment that it’s not for a title. Colby wanted the belt. He didn’t care who had it. So, it is what it is. That’s the fight that was put on him, and that’s the fight that he’s gonna take.”

UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler has a special early main card start time of 3 PM ET/12 PM PT.

Usman: Gambling Debt Cost Covington His Title Shot

Colby Covington was recently booked to face Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC on ESPN 5, set for Sat., Aug. 3, 2019 inside Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. “Chaos” was in line to get the next Welterweight title fight against Ka…

Colby Covington was recently booked to face Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC on ESPN 5, set for Sat., Aug. 3, 2019 inside Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. “Chaos” was in line to get the next Welterweight title fight against Kamaru Usman, but since “The Nigerian Nightmare” is still recuperating from injury, his return won’t come until later this year.

While disappointed he won’t be able to put hands on Colby right away, Usman says he isn’t too surprised “Chaos” found a way to ruin their championship showdown. And it’s all due to his ever-growing gambling debt, according to Kamaru.

“I literally smacked my head like this kid f***s it up again, again. I said from the start, this was going to be his fight to mess up and that is exactly (why) he did what he just did. Those gambling debts might have caught up to him, you never know the backstory of what is going on,” Kamaru Usman said to TMZ Sports as transcribed by BJPenn.com.

“Debts might have caught up to him, he hasn’t fought for a long time trying to sit out and be a pest to not just to me but to Woodley at some point and also to Dana White at some point.”

This is now the second title fight Covington has missed out on, as he was in line to face former champion Tyron Woodley last year before nagging injuries sent him to the bench. In his place, Usman took on Tyron and dominated him at UFC 235 to win the belt (video here).

Of course, Covington can always get it back as long as he defeats “Ruthless,” but to hear Usman tell it, Colby will have to wait a bit longer as Ben Askren is now next in line

“I need to put my hands on Covington, I gotta get that out of the way. But, Ben Askren is next,” Kamaru Usman said. “He is the representative of this new aid society where trolls and these guys that probably could never touch you or do anything to you feel like because they have a platform on the internet, I am going to talk as reckless as possible,” he added.

“So, I kind of need to humble him up. But, it doesn’t matter, I just want to fight and get back to doing what I love and get back to competing. So it doesn’t matter either of them can get it.”

And just like the, Askren gets his way.

Of course, “Funky” still has to prove victorious against Jorge Masvidal at the upcoming UFC 239 event on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. But if he escapes with a win and injury free, it seems a championship fight is in his future after only two UFC wins.

Brendan Loughnane Mulling New Offers After UFC Snub

Brendan Loughnane is not sitting around feeling sorry for himself after not being awarded a contract on the season premiere of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series last week. He is already moving forward with his life and his MMA career, and the…

Brendan Loughnane is not sitting around feeling sorry for himself after not being awarded a contract on the season premiere of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series last week. He is already moving forward with his life and his MMA career, and the next question for Loughnane to ponder is where his home will be […]

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UFC rankings: Korean Zombie is back in the mix

Chan Sung Jung turned the featherweight division upside down on the weekend rankings-wise. This past weekend in Greenville, a Zombie showed up and stole the show. Chan Sung Jung took out former top-five featherweight Renato Moicano in unde…

Chan Sung Jung turned the featherweight division upside down on the weekend rankings-wise.

This past weekend in Greenville, a Zombie showed up and stole the show. Chan Sung Jung took out former top-five featherweight Renato Moicano in under a minute. In doing so, he firmly re-established himself among the contenders at 145, moving up to right on the edge of the top five of this week’s rankings.

In other news, there’s a new number one contender at women’s 135, and a few other changes in those divisions. Everywhere else though? Nada.

Here’s a look at the changes for this week.

P4P – Stipe Miocic is up two to nine. Conor McGregor and Robert Whittaker each fell one spot, to 10 and 11.

Heavyweight – No changes.

Light Heavyweight – No changes.

Middleweight – No changes.

Welterweight – No changes.

Lightweight – No changes.

Featherweight – Big changes, obviously. Zabit Magomedsharipov is up one spot to five. The Zombie is up six spots from 12 to six. Yair Rodriguez is up four spots for some reason as well, to seven. I guess due to his win over KZ. Jeremy Stephens drops one to eight. Moicano is down four to nine. Josh Emmett, Calvin Kattar, and Mirsad Bektic all fell two each and sit between ten and 12. Shane Burgos is down one to 14.

Bantamweight – No changes.

Flyweight – No changes.

Women’s Bantamweight – For whatever reason, there’s a new number one contender and it’s Holly Holm. Must be getting that fight booking boost. Ketlen Vieira is up one to two. Germaine de Randamie apparently isn’t getting the fight booking boost, because she fell from one to three. Sara McMann and Irene Aldana flip-flopped the nine and ten spots.

Women’s Flyweight – Andrea Lee is up three to seven after her impressive win over Montana De La Rosa. Alexis Davis and Jennifer Maia both fell one spot to eight and nine. Lauren Murphy fell two spots to ten.

Women’s Strawweight – Weili Zhang’s title fight booking saw her rise one spot to five, bumping Claudia Gadelha to six. Felice Herrig is up one to 11, bumping Alexa Grasso to 12. Which is ridiculous considering Grasso is coming off the best performance of her career. But who knows what these rankers are thinking. if

NSAC Officially Grants ‘Bones’ License To Fight At UFC 239

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has officially granted Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones a license to fight and defend his title against Thiago Santos at the upcoming UFC 239 pay-per-view …

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has officially granted Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones a license to fight and defend his title against Thiago Santos at the upcoming UFC 239 pay-per-view (PPV) event on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to NSAC commission executive director, Bob Bennett, “Bones” has actually been licensed for the rest of the year since he has complied with all regulations set forth to him during his prior hearing to receive a one-time license at UFC 235 earlier this year.

Jones has seen increased drug testing, which Bennett says has been very extensive for him this year to the tune of being tested a whopping 30 times since January by NSAC, United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) and Voluntary Anti Doping Agency (VADA).

“He’s been a consummate professional and given his full cooperation,” Bennett told ESPN, while revealing that traces of a steroid metabolite have still been found in recent tests.

Again, proper authorities have gone on to testify and confirmed that Jon has not been re-ingesting the banned substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT) since his initial failure two years ago prior to UFC 200.

Picograms FTW!

Since Jon has already been punished for that transgression, USADA won’t punish him again for the same infraction as a result of the lingering metabolite since the absence of the parent compound proves he has no re-ingested.

Last December, Dana White and Co. opted to move UFC 232 from Las Vegas to Inglewood on a week’s notice after NSAC was unable to license “Bones” to compete after more traces of the banned anabolic steroid surfaced. Since it was during Christmas break, no one at NSAC headquarters was able to get the ball rolling, forcing the promotion to make the move to California.

Much to the chagrin of many.

Since putting all these issues behind him, Jon has been a very busy man, as his fight against Thiago will be his third in just seven months. And since he intends to fight once more this year, it’s good to know NSAC already has a license ready for him should “Sin City” be the designation.

Marlon Vera to Sean O’Malley: “It’s Your F**king Fault”

Marlon Vera and Sean O’Malley’s war of words continued to heat up earlier this week, this time with Marlon Vera appearing on The Ariel Helwani MMA Show to render his unfiltered thoughts on his would-be UFC 239 opponent Sean O’Malley after O’Malley was …

Marlon Vera and Sean O’Malley’s war of words continued to heat up earlier this week, this time with Marlon Vera appearing on The Ariel Helwani MMA Show to render his unfiltered thoughts on his would-be UFC 239 opponent Sean O’Malley after O’Malley was forced off of the card after traces of Ostarine was found in […]

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