Usman Compares Covington’s Character Dedication To The Undertaker’s

Kamaru Usman is not surprised by Colby Covington’s post-UFC 268 behavior.

It is no secret that both bouts between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington had highly contentious build-ups to say the very least. This particularly rings true when replaying t…

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Kamaru Usman is not surprised by Colby Covington’s post-UFC 268 behavior.

It is no secret that both bouts between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington had highly contentious build-ups to say the very least. This particularly rings true when replaying the words of Covington. Covington has taken shots at Usman’s family, made accusations of steroid use, and has generally spoken without boundaries whenever addressing his rival.

Immediately after their rematch at UFC 268, however, something unexpected happened—“out of character” even, if you will. Covington appeared to extend a show of respect to Usman after the fight, whispering something in his ear that referee Dan Miragliotta heard up close. Miragliotta seemed to consider the words to be overly positive if anything, telling the welterweights to ‘kiss’ later as he split them apart.

By the time Covington made it to the post-fight press conference, however, he was back to running down Usman without missing a beat. He reiterated that he was incapable of respecting a cheater like Usman and that he once again felt robbed in the fight.

Kamaru Usman Unsurprised By Covington ‘Staying In Character’

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In an appearance on The FULL SEND PODCAST this week, the welterweight champion explained why he wasn’t surprised to see Covington continue with the insults and disrespect despite the apparent show of respect after the fight.

“I mean, he’s supposed to,” Usman said of Covington sticking to his guns after the fight. “That’s what you’re supposed to do. Like, Undertaker was wrestling for how many years? Have you ever seen him break character, really? So I mean, it is what it is. He has to do what he can.”

The Undertaker is a pro wrestling legend who performed in the WWE for three decades. He is considered to be one of the greatest characters in the history of sports entertainment. If you were to ask Colby Covington, however, there is no character being played on his part and every word out of his mouth is what they would call in the wrestling business a “shoot.”

Covington is adamant that he and Usman still have unfinished business, so he continues to cut promos on the Nigerian American left and right in true WWE fashion. One of them could be found with us here on MMA News, where Covington continued to bash Usman and also covered a litany of other topics, such as Jon Jones’s latest arrest, the “downfall” of Conor McGregor, the origins of his beef with Jorge Masvidal, and so much more.

You can view that full interview below!

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Colby Covington Explains Why Second Round Against Kamaru Usman Wasn’t 10-8

Colby CovingtonColby Covington doesn’t believe there were any 10-8 rounds in his rematch with Kamaru Usman. Covington suffered a unanimous decision defeat to Usman in their welterweight title sequel at UFC 268 earlier this month. Covington was notably dropped twice in the second round with many expecting the finish to come soon. However, “Chaos” survived and […]

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Colby Covington doesn’t believe there were any 10-8 rounds in his rematch with Kamaru Usman.

Covington suffered a unanimous decision defeat to Usman in their welterweight title sequel at UFC 268 earlier this month. Covington was notably dropped twice in the second round with many expecting the finish to come soon.

However, “Chaos” survived and ended the fight strong. In the end, however, it wasn’t enough as Usman still won all three judges’ scorecards.

Colby Covington: Only The Haters Calling It 10-8

Although the three judges didn’t score the second round as a 10-8, many fans, fighters and media alike deemed it a 10-8 on social media.

To that, Covington responded:

“I feel like I was kind of pressing in that round, and that round was mine up until that point,” Covington told James Lynch. “If you look at the tape, you can clearly see that I wobbled him with the jab, he kind of stumbled twice, but he gets his bearings and he throws a 3-2, right hand-left hook and the left hook just kind of caught me on the right spot, the temple. For just a quarter-second it put me down, but I wasn’t hurt. It wasn’t like I was wobbled and he had me completely concussed with a big shot. It just caught me unexpectedly.

“I was rushing in and my defense was down and he just caught a good shot. That’s not a 10-8 round, though. No way that’s a 10-8. 10-8 is when they’re doing damage and freaking almost finishing the guy. I wasn’t even close to getting finished. Those are the haters, man. The clickbait merchants is what I call them. There are just three judges in there. Millions of people watching the fight worldwide can decide for themselves.”

You can watch the snippet below:

Whether it’s a 10-8 or not is irrelevant in the end as Covington would have lost regardless seeing as the judges never scored it a 10-8 in the first place.

Did you think it was a 10-8 round for Kamaru Usman against Colby Covington?

Jorge Masvidal Would ‘Love To Bash’ Colby Covington’s Face In

Jorge Masvidal is disappointed he had to pull out of his UFC 269 fight against Leon Edwards.

The fight was highly-anticipated as it was a grudge match but “Gamebred” had to withdraw from it due to an injury. Now, the hope for Masvidal is to fight E…

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Jorge Masvidal is disappointed he had to pull out of his UFC 269 fight against Leon Edwards.

The fight was highly-anticipated as it was a grudge match but “Gamebred” had to withdraw from it due to an injury. Now, the hope for Masvidal is to fight Edwards next as he did sign a contract for him. Yet, if that doesn’t happen, he says he would love to beat up ‘coward’ Colby Covington.

“If it was right now, in this particular day and time, I would say I would beat Leon’s ass because I signed it. I made an agreement as a man, like ‘Hey, I’m f*cking you up next.’ I want to hold onto that as much as possible. But if that’s not going to happen, of course I’d love to bash Colby’s face in. We’re talking about the biggest coward in my sport, all across all divisions, all sports,” Masvidal said on The MMA Hour earlier this month.

“I mean, this guy is the king coward. He can’t control himself from being a coward. So I would love to smash this guy’s face in and get a handsome reward. But at this particular time, since I signed first with Leon, I would like to address Leon’s bitch ass first. Then we’ll take care of the fragile rat guy,” Masvidal continued. “Now he’s changing his gimmick, now he’s a nice guy and shit. I want to beat his ass so hard, now he’s a nice guy. Wow, what a f*cking turn of events, that coward…. Definitely that fragile, made of ice, see through motherf*cker.”

Jorge Masvidal vs. Colby Covington would be a massive fight as the two are former roommates and training partners. They had a massive falling out and the two have trash-talked one another for years. Recently, Covington even disclosed the injury that forced Masvidal to withdraw from UFC 269. The hope for many fans is that this fight takes place in 2022.

Both Masvidal and Covington are also coming off title fight losses to Kamaru Usman. They are also 0-2 against Usman so both men are far away from getting another title picture.

Who would you like to see Jorge Masvidal fight next?

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Colby Covington: ‘The Door Is Open’ For A Fight With Khamzat Chimaev

Colby CovingtonColby Covington is open to taking a fight against Khamzat Chimaev. ‘Chaos’ is fresh off a unanimous decision defeat to Kamaru Usman at UFC 268 but he is already plotting his way back to a title shot and is willing to fight whoever the matchmakers put in front of him. During a recent interview with […]

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Colby Covington is open to taking a fight against Khamzat Chimaev.

‘Chaos’ is fresh off a unanimous decision defeat to Kamaru Usman at UFC 268 but he is already plotting his way back to a title shot and is willing to fight whoever the matchmakers put in front of him.

During a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Covington labeled the undefeated prospect a “joke” who is being rushed through the ranks. Nonetheless, the former interim welterweight champion is open to facing Chimaev if that’s what the UFC wants.

“He’s a joke. He needs to beat someone worthy — someone in the top 5, someone in the top of the rankings, not just fight hand-picked people.” Covington said of Chimaev. “What does he have, four UFC fights? The media loves to rush these kids and these hype jobs. This is fighting, man. People can get seriously hurt from rushing people like that.

“But if you guys want to rush a guy, take some time off of his life and send him for a hospital treatment, then, yeah, the door is open for that. I love doing good business and I love doing business with the UFC. It would be an honor to beat who they want me to beat, and if that’s the name they put in front of me, I can promise you that I’m gonna train extremely hard and I’m gonna show a new skill set the world hasn’t seen yet.

“You kind of see that from me every fight, I get better every fight. I add new layers to my game, so whoever they try and match me up with next, you’re gonna see those new layers and someone is gonna get seriously hurt.”

Colby Covington Takes Aim At ‘Paticipation Trophy Winner’ Khamzat Chimaev

“I think what we’ve learned with, not only in sports, not only in the UFC, but with this world and the way it’s changed these days, this is the handout generation,” Covington said. “And it’s the participation trophy generation. This guy is nothing more than a participation trophy winner, a handout winner, and if that’s what they want to do, that’s what it is.

“I don’t really look into what other people are doing, or what they’re being awarded. I know my path. I know my journey. I know what it took to get here. I took the long road. I didn’t cut any corners, I didn’t cheat. I’ve never cheated in the octagon or outside of the octagon, and I took the hard road to get here. I feel like that’s the true American way. Nothing is given to us here and adversity is filled every single day. We have to overcome these obstacles if we want to make it to the path of success.

“I only stay in my lane and focus on my lane, not anyone else’s lane, just my lane. Big f*cking deal, he got a handout and a participation trophy. But in the long run no one will remember that. They’re just gonna remember what would happen inside that octagon.”

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Colby Covington: It Would Be An “Honor” To Face & Beat “Joke” Chimaev

UFC welterweight Colby Covington says “the door is open” for a meeting in the Octagon with surging contender Khamzat Chimaev.

Covington is coming off his second failed attempt at dethroning 170-pound kingpin Kamaru Usman. Having previously suffered…

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UFC welterweight Colby Covington says “the door is open” for a meeting in the Octagon with surging contender Khamzat Chimaev.

Covington is coming off his second failed attempt at dethroning 170-pound kingpin Kamaru Usman. Having previously suffered a final-round TKO at UFC 245 in 2019, “Chaos” was given another shot at gold at UFC 268 earlier this month.

Despite taking the fight to the scorecards, the former interim champion once again fell short of ascending the welterweight mountaintop. A late surge inside Madison Square Garden wasn’t enough for Covington to outpoint Usman, who left the Octagon with his fifth successful title defense in the books.

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Covington has now turned his attention to his next outing and his path to a trilogy clash with “The Nigerian Nightmare.” Despite repeatedly calling out rival and former teammate Jorge Masvidal, the 33-year-old has also taken notice of another contender, Chechen-born brute Chimaev.

“Borz” recently returned to action for the first time in over a year at UFC 267, destroying ranked welterweight Li Jingliang inside the opening round. Having decimated four opponents in the UFC, and barely been hit in the process, many expect Chimaev to be fast-tracked to the top.

But Covington isn’t buying the hype. In a recent interview with MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, the #1-ranked 170lber described Chimaev as a “joke,” and accused the media of building the Swede up more than they should. Covington also claimed he’s more than happy to send Chimaev to hospital with a beating inside the cage.

“He’s a joke. He needs to beat someone worthy — someone in the top 5, someone in the top of the rankings, not just fight hand-picked people… What does he have, four UFC fights? The media loves to rush these kids and these hype jobs. This is fighting, man. People can get seriously hurt from rushing people like that.

“But if you guys want to rush a guy, take some time off of his life and send him for a hospital treatment, then, yeah, the door is open for that. I love doing good business and I love doing business with the UFC. It would be an honor to beat who they want me to beat, and if that’s the name they put in front of me, I can promise you that I’m gonna train extremely hard and I’m gonna show a new skill set the world hasn’t seen yet. You kind of see that from me every fight, I get better every fight. I add new layers to my game, so whoever they try and match me up with next, you’re gonna see those new layers and someone is gonna get seriously hurt.” (h/t MMA Fighting)

Covington: Chimaev Comes From The “Handout Generation”

After victories over John Phillips, Rhys McKee, and Gerald Meerschaert in 2020, Chimaev was matched up with top contender Leon Edwards. After that matchup fell through three times, the 27-year-old found himself on the sidelines battling COVID-19, an experience that even made him consider retirement.

Having returned in style on Fight Island and, in doing so, jumped straight into the welterweight top 10, the general consensus is that “Borz” is just one or two victories away from a title shot. Showing his disdain for his peer’s fast rise, Colby Covington suggested Chimaev is part of the “handout generation,” something he believes he’ll prove if the pair enter the Octagon together.

“I think what we’ve learned with, not only in sports, not only in the UFC, but with this world and the way it’s changed these days, this is the handout generation,” Covington said. “And it’s the participation trophy generation. This guy is nothing more than a participation trophy winner, a handout winner, and if that’s what they want to do, that’s what it is.

“I only stay in my lane and focus on my lane, not anyone else’s lane, just my lane. Big fucking deal, he got a handout and a participation trophy. But in the long run no one will remember that. They’re just gonna remember what would happen inside that octagon.”

Whilst Chimaev is reportedly set to face former title challenger Gilbert Burns in January, a clash with Covington could be on the cards should a matchup with “Durinho” fall through.

How do you think Khamzat Chimaev would fare against Colby Covington?

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Colby Covington Scoffs At Usman vs. Canelo Fight Talk

Colby CovingtonColby Covington finds the prospect of a boxing match between his long-time rival Kamaru Usman and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez quite amusing. ‘Chaos’ is coming off a close decision loss to Usman at UFC 268. After starting slow, Covington was able to work his way into the fight and in his mind did enough to beat […]

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Colby Covington finds the prospect of a boxing match between his long-time rival Kamaru Usman and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez quite amusing.

‘Chaos’ is coming off a close decision loss to Usman at UFC 268. After starting slow, Covington was able to work his way into the fight and in his mind did enough to beat ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ on November 6. The judges and the majority of fight fans disagreed with the American who fell short against Usman for a second time and now faces a long road back to the title.

The talk has now turned to who Usman will face next. Leon Edwards appears to be next in line for a shot at the welterweight title but the champion appears to be lukewarm on the idea of rematching ‘Rocky’ who he beat in 2015.

Usman has instead been talking up a potential crossover fight between him and Canelo, who recently cemented himself as the number one pound-for-pound boxer on the planet by becoming undisputed at 168lbs.

Colby Covington Laughs At The Prospect Of Kamaru Usman vs. Canelo

During a recent interview with James Lynch of MMA News, Covington reacted to talk of a potential fight between Usman and Alvarez, he said.

“It’s probably the funniest thing I ever heard in my life. I mean, man, that’s just sad, man. That’s not even believable. Like, come on, man. Let’s talk about things in the realm of possibility. You’re acting like a little kid. He’s just trying to get paid.

“I mean, the bottom line: He doesn’t want to fight tough fights anymore, man. He wants to get this big-money fight and just walk off in the sunset,” Covington added. He doesn’t want it anymore. He doesn’t want it like want it, and that why you’re probably gonna see that guy leave the sport within the next year, and I’m still gonna be here. I’m getting better. I haven’t even hit my prime, man. So when I hit my prime, 34, 35 years old, man, look out, James. These guys are all in trouble.”

Do you agree with Colby Covington? Is Kamaru Usman simply chasing a payday against Canelo?