Ben Askren reacts Colby Covington is dumb enough to trust Dana White
Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is set to defend the UFC welterweight championship against Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 on March 2 in Las Vegas.
But wait… the real contender was Colby Covington. In September, UFC president Dana White declared Colby Covington to be the next challenger. But just this week, it was announced that Kamaru Usman will be facing the champion at UFC 235, instead.
For those who don’t know, Covington and Woodley were supposed to fight last fall but when ‘Chaos’ wouldn’t agree to fight Woodley at UFC 228 due to a nasal surgery, the organization stripped him of his interim title.
As we reported earlier, Colby Covington, who went on to lash out at White and the UFC in his appearance at The MMA Hour on Monday.
“I was in no shape to fight in September in Dallas,” Covington said (via MMA Fighting). “It wasn’t gonna happen, no chance. So if you want to punish me for not fighting in Dallas and [not] turning around on six weeks’ notice when I had surgery and was on every antibiotic and [drug] cocktail underneath the sun, then that’s cool. That’s your business decision.
“If you want to keep f—ing up your brand and moving shows from one city to another because a guy failed his third steroid test and he’s hitting pregnant ladies [in a] hit-and-run, so be it. I’m the ultimate professional. Show up on time, make weight, do everything they ask of me.”
“Let’s be honest: Dana, you don’t got the balls to release me,” he said. “If you’re saying all of this stuff to the media, then release me. But you ain’t got the balls. You know I’m too valuable.”
“They’re not going to do it. They realize my value now. They realize how valuable I am. They know that I sell. They know that every single fighter in the welterweight division wants to fight me. They know that I’m the draw right now at welterweight. I made this division relevant.
“The only reason people care about Woodley and care about Usman is because they say my name,” Covington said. “I’m the relevant one in the division. No one cares about anybody else. They just want to see me fight anybody, it doesn’t matter who it is.”
“So they’re screwing the fans over, they’re screwing the people, and the people who are make their business run. So it’s a big f—k you to the fans.”
The latest update is Covington seemingly held on to White’s previous guarantee that he will indeed be next in line to fight Woodley, which for Ben Askren was not a very smart thing to do.
“@ColbyCovMMA I realized you were dumb, but please please don’t tell me you were dumb enough to really trust Dana”
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) January 8, 2019
Now, What’s next for Colby?
BJPENN’ Chris Taylor reported the following news.
“I’m told the UFC is looking to book a welterweight fight between Colby Covington and Darren Till for #UFCLondon on March 17. Covington has recently stated that he will hold out for his promised title shot, so we shall see what happens.”
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