It’s indisputable that Colby Covington’s tactic to be hugely outspoken, crude and obnoxious has worked. He’s fighting for the interim welterweight title on Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 225 against Rafael dos Anjos at the United Center in Chicago.
Covington (13-1), meanwhile, has won five in a row and is 8-1 in the UFC. His most recent bout was a unanimous decision vicotry over Demian Maia on Oct. 28.
That bout was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Covington had made incendiary comments about the country, which made some fear for his safety if he did indeed return to Brazil to face RDA.
“I’m the King of Brazil,” Covington said. “I owe it to the fans of Brazil to go back there and put on a show for them. Brazil wasn’t ready for me, so Dana had to put it in the U.S.”
Colby Covington Plans On Handing Interim Title To President Trump At White House After UFC 225
“I’m all about Trump,” he said. “I want to bring the belt to the Oval Office and put it on his desk.”
Covington, who faces dos Anjos on the pay-per-view main card of Saturday’s event at United Center in Chicago, often apes Trump’s chief slogan during interviews, promising to “make the UFC welterweight division great again.
” Trump’s latest drama offered nothing more than an opportunity to pay tribute.
“What a joke,”Covington said. “The Philadelphia Eagles suck. The Golden State Warriors suck. What a joke, you live in America.”
“They live in the city of liberty, man – the liberty bell is right down the street. Their mascot is the eagle. That’s the American flag’s mascot.”
During the signing of Jack Johnson’s pardon, Trump said he was not allowed to accept gifts. It could be semantics, but would not be a title considered a gift.
While UFC title winners do not often get celebrations at the White House, especially for an interim belt.
“I grew up in Brazil in the Favelas, man. Bullies, trash talking, doesn’t work with me,”Dos Anjos said Thursday on a heated UFC 225 media conference call. “But I think Colby, he’s just trying [to be Conor McGregor].
Conor does it well. Conor, he’s a rich man, he makes a lot of money. He’s a businessman, and I can respect that. But Colby, he’s just a worse version of Conor McGregor. He’s trying to be like Conor, but when he loses to me, his career is done. All he has is talk, nothing else.”