There’s no one hotter in the Welterweight division than rising contender Colby Covington, who has won four bouts in a row — the longest win streak of any fighter ranked ahead of him at 170-pounds (minus division champion Tyron Woodley).
“Chaos” will look to collect his fifth straight against Demian Maia when they collide at UFC Fight Night 119 this weekend (Sat., Oct. 28, 2017) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. With a victory over the Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace, Covington strongly feels it will be good enough to jump the championship line ahead of Robbie Lawler and/or Rafael dos Anjos.
“Yes, I do believe I will cut the line Saturday,” Covington said on a recent edition of The MMA Hour. “I think Robbie Lawler wasn’t competitive in his fight against Woodley, so, why re-do that fight if he beats ‘RDA?’ It doesn’t make sense — that fight didn’t sell in the first place. As far as ‘RDA,” UFC knows he was ducking me and he didn’t want to fight me, so, I will jump the line. His wins haven’t been impressive and after this Saturday UFC will know I am the uncrowned king of this division.”
Back to his claims of dos Anjos ducking him, Covington confirmed UFC did reach out to the former Lightweight champion to set a fight between the two men, only to have the Brazilian bomber turn down the promotion, most recently for UFC Fight Night 111 this past June.
Speaking of claims, Covington said he will be the one to resurrect the Welterweight division, something “fake champ” Tyron Woodley won’t be able to do since his style of fighting isn’t exactly exciting. He also revealed that “The Chosen One” could only handle two rounds of a scheduled five-round session while training together before he “quit.”
“I did watch (Woodley vs Maia). It was one of the worst Welterweight title fights in the history of UFC,” he said. “It was an embarrassment to the division and that’s why I am here to resurrect this division because Tyron Woodley isn’t going to resurrect this division, it’s going to be me.
“The least strikes thrown in a title fight, that was a joke,” Covington continued. “Once I beat Demian Maia, Woodley will make up these pre-emptive injuries that he can’t fight me. But, it won’t matter because I’ll bitch slap him with my interim belt. He’s going to make up these injuries or say he wants a money fight against Bisping or St-Pierre. He’s not a money fighter. He couldn’t sell 100,000 pay-per-views if his life depended on it. It doesn’t make sense to give that guy a money fighter. He’s always pulling this victim card, ‘Everybody is racist because they don’t want to watch me fight.’ No, no one wants to watch you fight because you just back up and you don’t do anything. I’m sick of him playing the victim and I want to expose him and I hope UFC gives me the opportunity soon.”
First things first: Covington has to get a win over one of his toughest opponents yet in Sao Paulo. Anyone think he can back up all his promises?