Unapologetic Colby Covington explains why post-fight antics weren’t ‘that offensive’

SAO PAULO – Colby Covington says the backlash to his post-fight feedback following his victory over Demian Maia in Saturday’s UFC Combat Evening 119 co-headliner are unjust.

After handing Maia (25-Eight MMA, 19-Eight UFC) a bloody unanimous-decision loss within the welterweight bout at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Covington (13-1 MMA, Eight-1 UFC) referred to as Brazilians “filthy animals” and labeled the nation “a dump.” Covington needed to be rushed out of the octagon by safety, and he mentioned the expertise was actually one thing distinctive.

“That was in contrast to something I’ve ever been by in my life,” Covington instructed MMAjunkie following the occasion. “Beer bottles flying throughout my head. I received hit a pair instances by a pair bottles, however the safety did job. There was like 20 guys huddled over me ensuring my head was low. (UFC exec) Reed Harris mentioned he needed to pull some man out of the stands that hit me with a bottle. Man, it was chaos. And that’s what comes with my nickname. I loved it. I had a good time on the market. It was a whole lot of enjoyable.”

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Covington’s feedback obtained a noticeable quantity of backlash, with a number of of his teammates at American High Staff criticizing him in daring trend. Covington claims he was held out of the UFC Combat Evening 119 post-event information convention, and UFC exec Dave Shaw instructed the media that the corporate was sad with the fighter and would badessment the scenario to see if Covington had violated the UFC code of conduct.

“Chaos” mentioned he feels the quantity of unfavorable suggestions from each the UFC, his fellow fighters and the general public is unwarranted. Furthermore, he refused to simply accept any blame or make excuses for his feedback.

“I don’t stroll again something I mentioned as a result of I don’t badume I mentioned something that offensive,” Covington mentioned. “Take a look at the stuff they’re saying to me all week, the stuff within the walkout. They’re saying, ‘Oh, you’re a (expletive). You’re going to die. You’re a (expletive). You’re this.’ Homophobic slurs. All these totally different super-nasty remarks. The place’s the double customary at?

“They will say this stuff, however I say, ‘Oh, the place is a dump’ and ‘they’re filthy animals’ simply as a recreation? This can be a recreation to me. I’m simply having enjoyable with it. I’m simply attempting to advertise and make it enjoyable for the followers. How am I taking criticism from that? Take a look at what they’re saying to me. Cease having a double customary.”

Controversy apart, Covington left UFC Combat Evening 119 with the most important victory of his profession. Apart from a primary spherical the place he ate quite a few clear punches and sustained a reduce, Covington largely had his means with the previous two-time UFC title challenger. Afterward, he referred to as out present UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley (18-Three-1 MMA, Eight-2-1 UFC).

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Covington pushed his present profitable streak to 5 consecutive fights with the efficiency towards Maia. He admitted he wasn’t thrilled by his displaying, however the 29-year-old is extraordinarily badured he might get the very best of “The Chosen One” in a championship bout.

Why? As a result of Covington mentioned he has a coaching historical past with Woodley that goes in his favor.

“We’ve educated collectively, and deep down inside, he can say no matter he needs, however he is aware of I broke him within the health club,” Covington mentioned. “We had been alleged to spar 5 rounds in the future. Inside three rounds, he mentioned, ‘I’m achieved for the day. I’m too drained. I’m too gbaded out.’

“I understand how to battle that man. He received beat by Jake Shields in a putting battle. Come on, man. He received beat by Rory MacDonald. Look how Rory fought him. Nate Marquardt, look how the blokes fought him. They stress battle him; he breaks below stress. I’m a 10-times higher model of these guys, so I do know it’s a simple matchup, and I’m trying to take my belt. I’m the king of this division, that is my division now.”

Though Covington’s trash discuss, confidence and alleged historical past with Woodley make him an intriguing choice to battle for the belt, the following title shot has already been badigned to the winner of December’s UFC on FOX 26 important occasion between ex-champs Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos. Covington dismissed each fighters as deserving and made it clear he gained’t accept something lower than a crack on the gold.

“I do imagine that I earned a title battle,” Covington mentioned. “Take a look at how dangerous I bloodied Demian Maia. I fully outclbaded him. Tyron Woodley couldn’t try this to him in 5 rounds. Take a look at what I did in three rounds. Give me 5 rounds with Tyron Woodley and I’ll beat that bad-kissing champ. So far as ‘RDA’ and ‘Ruthless’ Lawler, I imply Lawler, he received knocked out in a minute (by Woodley). You’re going to do this battle once more if he beats ‘RDA’? That doesn’t make sense. He’s handed his time.

“(Lawler) takes a yr, a year-and-a-half off after he will get knocked out after which he beats (Donald) Cerrone, barely, in a break up resolution? You noticed how Cerrone seemed towards (Darren) Until. Lawler doesn’t look that good and he’s on the finish of his profession and he’s already been knocked out in below a minute. It doesn’t make sense to do this battle once more. And ‘RDA’? He’s overwhelmed two guys on shedding streaks. Neil Magny’s on a shedding streak, Tarec Saffiedine was on like a four-fight shedding streak. I don’t badume there’s anyone extra deserving on the planet, and if you need somebody to dethrone that champ, I’m the man to beat Tyron Woodley.”

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