Regardless of what UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman says, Colby Covington is adamant that he deserves the next title shot.
During the UFC 263 post-fight press conference, Dana White once again stated that Covington is next in line to fight for the title. ‘Chaos’ fought Usman for the first time at UFC 245, where he was TKO’d in the final minute of the fifth round.
To this day, Covington still doesn’t agree with the outcome of the first fight, believing that referee Marc Goddard stopped it too early, and that Usman faked eye pokes and groin shots to catch his breath during rounds.
The former interim champion has a win over Tyron Woodley since his loss to Usman, who has defended his title three times during the same timeframe.
Speaking to Submission Radio (as transcribed by The Mac Life), Covington said that he and Usman have unfinished business, and accused the champion of trying to ‘dodge’ him.
“The thing about Marty (Kamaru) Usman is, he doesn’t move the needle. The only needle that he moves is the needle that moves to his butt when he injects steroids in himself,” Covington said. “So, the thing is that Marty, he’s not the matchmaker for the UFC. The matchmaker is Hunter Campbell, Dana White, all the high-ups, in the UFC, Ari Emanuel, whoever they want to decide. So, I don’t know why a fighter is trying to act like a matchmaker. If you claim to be this GOAT, this pound-for-pound great, all this stuff, you don’t pick who you fight. You fight who the UFC puts in front of you. You fight who the people want you to fight. The people want this fight. They want Usman-Covington round two.
“This is unfinished business. There’s a lot of controversy from the first fight. The score needs to be settled. He wasn’t complaining when he was getting his easy paychecks with these lightweight washouts in Dilbert (Gilbert Burns) and Street Judas (Jorge Masvidal), the fragile guy. But now he’s trying to find any excuse in the book not to rematch me, the guy that’s the number-one contender, the guy with the number-one next to his name. The guy that’s America’s champ, Donald Trump’s favourite fighter. I don’t take much into what Marty says. Everybody knows how fake he is as it is. The guy has no charisma. He has as much charisma as the wet mop in my house. So, who cares what Marty says? It’s all about what Dana White and Hunter Campbell say.”
Who do you think wins in the rematch between Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman?