Colby Covington Is Picking A Fight He Can’t Win Against Dana White • MMA News
Ultimate week, the UFC launched that Kamaru Usman, not Colby Covington, could possibly be subsequent in line to fight UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. Usman will now meet Woodley inside the co-main event of UFC 235, with every males figuring to cash in on what’s extra doubtless to be a worthwhile pay-per-view headlined by Jon Jones in opposition to Anthony Smith. Covington, within the meantime, doesn’t have a fight, and the earlier interim title holder has gone on the offensive in opposition to the UFC and its president Dana White, accusing the promotion of lying to him about getting the next crack at Woodley and the welterweight title.
Covington has a correct to be upset. In any case, he defeated Rafael dos Anjos ultimate summer season at UFC 225 to win the UFC interim welterweight title, and the actual fact he had the interim strap meant he ought to have been assured a title shot in opposition to Woodley. Nonetheless everybody is aware of how important timing is on this sport, and sadly timing didn’t work out in Covington’s favor. The UFC wanted him to fight Woodley at UFC 228, nevertheless Covington had nasal surgical process and Darren Till obtained the fight as an alternative. Woodley wasn’t ready to fight at UFC 230, and Nick Diaz wouldn’t accept Covington’s drawback. The UFC wanted Woodley to fight Covington at UFC 233, nevertheless Woodley wasn’t ready and Covington refused to fight Usman for yet one more interim belt. The entire event was cancelled, nevertheless most figured Covington would fight Woodley at UFC 235 as soon as he was healthful. Not so fast.
Whenever you ask Covington, the UFC continues to be indignant at him for not stopping Usman at UFC 233 and that’s why White and the matchmakers snubbed him for the next title shot. There’s in all probability some actuality to this. Covington vs. Usman for an interim belt was possibly the one fight that might have saved UFC 233, nevertheless Covington talked about no and the UFC had no totally different alternative nevertheless to cancel the event. White was indignant about that, and White holds grudges. It’s easy to say that Covington ought to have taken the Usman fight, nevertheless put your self in his footwear for a second. Why would he take a second fight for an interim belt when the first one didn’t get him the title shot in opposition to Woodley that he coveted quite a bit? A fight in opposition to Usman could also be very harmful for Covington, considerably given the actual fact he has already executed adequate to earn a fight in opposition to Woodley. So it made sense for Covington to say no to the Usman fight and look ahead to Woodley, which is the fight most followers want to see.
Nonetheless the gamble has to date not paid off for Covington. As an alternative of getting a title shot in opposition to Woodley, he now has no fight. The UFC apparently wants him to go to London and fight Darren Till, which is one different dangerous fight with little upside. You’d suppose that Covington, given his ties to U.S. president Donald Trump, could possibly be a favorite of White and co., nevertheless is seems to be prefer it’s the opposite. For irrespective of motive, the UFC doesn’t like Covington, and he’s made no secret how upset he’s at them. He’s already publicly requested for his launch from the UFC within the occasion that they don’t give him a title shot, nevertheless that’s no more doubtless to happen.
By all accounts, it appears Covington has overplayed his hand and is now on the UFC’s unhealthy document. You’d suppose the UFC would wish someone like Covington who can promote himself and as well as who could also be to be one amongst their champions and stars now that the ESPN interval is underway, nevertheless that’s not the case. Covington has picked a fight he can’t win in opposition to White, and eventually he’s going to want to once more down, as a result of in a sport with out a union to guard the athletes, Covington doesn’t have a whole lot of a leg to face on.