Colby “Chaos” Covington backed up his pre-fight trash talk on Saturday night when he outworked former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos to capture the vacant UFC interim welterweight title.
But Covington’s success hasn’t gone down too well with a host of UFC stars, who haven’t been impressed with some of the controversial American’s behaviour in recent weeks and months.
Covington has seemingly taken it upon himself to rebrand himself as a controversial character who polarises opinion. Labelling his detractors “nerds” and “virgins”, Covington’s deliberate attempts to wind up fans have included tweeting spoilers to Star Wars movies and criticising the Philadelphia Eagles and Golden State Warriors for not wanting to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House.
Indeed, Covington plans on paying Trump – a personal friend of UFC president Dana White – a visit to show him his new championship belt.
But as well as plenty of attention, Covington’s controversial character has brought him a lot of criticism from the fans, the media and from fellow fighters.
And the man right at the top of that list is the man Covington called out for a title unification fight following his win on Saturday night – reigning UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
Woodley and Covington are former training partners at the Florida-based American Top Team, and an angry Woodley didn’t hold back when addressing Covington’s challenge during a live chat this week.
“Our sport has been so dead that everybody wants to believe it. They want to believe in the hype because we don’t have nothing else riding right now,” he explained.
“Jon Jones is out for a minute, Conor [McGregor]’s out for a minute, Ronda [Rousey]’s getting inducted into the Hall of Fame. As far as stars in the UFC, they’re lacking so we are willing to accept the b******t that comes out of this kid’s face. Everything is a complete fraud.”
And a clearly irate Woodley had a strong message for the interim champion.
“Now you’re gonna get what you asked for,” he stated.
“You wanted this smoke, you want to come fight the real welterweight champion, now you’re gonna get your ass beat.
“I’m not gonna knock you out quick. It’s not gonna be no first-round knockout. I’m gonna embarrass you, I’m gonna talk to you the whole fight, I’m gonna tell the referee to get back, do not get in my way, do not stop this. I’ll tell you when it’s time to stop this.”
And the reigning champion said that Covington’s impressive wrestling skills will not be a factor when the pair meet in the octagon.
“I’ve got the highest takedown defence in the history of our sport — not just the division, the history – since this sport started,” he declared.
“This kid has never taken me down in his life. He’s never won a millisecond of any round ever, ever, on anything [during their training sessions together]. He’s a warm-up round. He’s the person I shadowbox with before I get the real work in and he will always be that to me.
“I can’t wait until this fight. I don’t know when it’s gonna happen [but] I know it’s gonna happen. That’s a fact.”
Woodley isn’t the only man who wants a piece of Covington. Warlley Alves handed Covington the only loss of his career when he submitted him in just 86 seconds at UFC 194 back in December 2015. And the Brazilian vows to repeat the trick if the pair ever meet in the octagon again.
“I’ve always treated everyone I fight with respect,” Alves told MMA Fighting this week.
“But this guy comes to my country and talks trash about everybody, calls everyone ‘animals’.
“Unfortunately, he beat two big names, but he’s forgetting what he went through against me. He says no one can take him for 25 minutes, but our fight only lasted 86 seconds. He thinks he’s the guy now that he’s with this belt, but he won’t hold it for long.”
"Colby" Fake Chaos "Covington, você acha que é o melhor. Você pode se esconder o tempo que quiser, eu vou atrás de você. Minha missão como atleta agora é bater em sua cara, desmantelá-lo e depois pensar no cinturão. Onde quer que você esteja, eu vou atrás de você. Você pagará por tudo que fez e sabe que seu tempo está chegando. É uma questão de tempo. Estou chegando. Quando eu chegar lá e te envergonhar, você vai se aposentar. . . . . “Colby ‘Fake Chaos’ Covington, you think you’re the best. You can hide as long as you want, I’m coming after you. My mission as an athlete now is to beat your face, dismantle you, and then think about the belt. Wherever you are, I’m coming after you. You will pay for everything you’ve done, and you know your time is coming. It’s a matter of time. I’m coming. When I get there and embarrass you, you will retire.” . . . . @colbycovmma.!! 😂😂😂😂 #GoWarlley #MMA #FightNight #Brasil #leduca #Combate #ProntoPraLuta #UFCnoCombate #Fight #Fighter #Luta #alcerj #asariorestaurante #JiuJitsu #força #foco #fé #UFC #UFCBrasil #errejota #Riodejaneiroajaneiro #marciaaleixoassessoria #warlleyalves #AgênciaHabrok #teamnogueira #teamnogueirarecreio #Globonews #Globo #G1 @paulinholeduca @asariorestaurante
And Alves says Covington’s antics have given his own career a new focus.
“I’m redefining my career for a new purpose now – ripping Covington’s head off,” he stated.
“I’ll go after him, belt or no belt. He talked trash about my country, he could do anything but that. I’ll go after him and I’ll catch him.”
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