Colby Covington: Dana White is a ‘piece of (expletive) person’ with no morals or valuesJanuary 8, 2019
Colby Covington tonight doubled down on his criticism of the UFC for not booking him for a welterweight title fight — and took his biggest shots yet at UFC president Dana White.
Earlier today, Covington called out White in an interview with MMAjunkie and said the promoter has been incommunicado when it comes to him. Covington (14-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) said he plans to find White, "get in his face," and find out why he was passed over for a title shot against welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (19-3-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC), and the shot went to Kamaru Usman (14-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) at UFC 235, instead.
In a live appearance on MMAjunkie Radio Monday night on SiriusXM, Covington said he has no real relationship with White, despite their appearance together in 2018 with President Donald Trump in the White House. Covington, who won an interim welterweight title at UFC 225, only to later have it stripped, also said he was fine if White and the UFC wanted to cut him.
"Dana White's out in the media saying 'Colby's not taking the fights, we don't allow that in the UFC. He can go fight somewhere else,'" Covington said. "So what I'm saying is, OK, Dana. Let's see if you're a man of your (expletive). Let's see if you're a man of your word. Let's see if you can stick to what you say. You said you don't allow that in the UFC? All right. I'm testing you, (expletive). Let's see how big your (expletive) are. Release me, (expletive)."
Covington earlier Monday told MMAjunkie he thinks forces are working behind the scenes to stifle his hopes for a title shot. He said a "power play" between the UFC and Usman manager Ali Abdelaziz is taking place.
Covington said Woodley has declined fights with him on multiple occasions, but now is OK to fight Usman at UFC 235, which takes place March 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
In that fight, Covington said he thinks Woodley will win.
"Woodley's going to smoke him," Covington told MMAjunkie Radio. "Usman's a scrub, and he shouldn't even be in that position. He hasn't even beaten anyone in the top 10 coming off a win. His only ranked wins are against guys coming off losses — and guys coming off losses that I already took their souls and left them (expletive) bloody and beaten and they had no will to fight anymore. He's got a padded record. He shouldn't even be in the position.
"But he's talked his way up … so good for him — he gets to leapfrog the No. 1 fighter in the world. But let's make it clear that he'll never be the No. 1 fighter in the world because he'll never beat me and, neither will either one of those scrubs. I'm the No. 1 fighter in the world and nobody's (expletive) stopping me."
Covington's issue with White stems from his interim title win over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225 in June 2018. When Covington couldn't make a title unification fight against Woodley because of nasal surgery, he was stripped of the belt.
When Usman beat dos Anjos in November, White said he may have passed over Covington with his performance, which was his 13th consecutive win and ninth consecutive win in the UFC. That, Covington contends, was White going back on his promise to get Covington a title shot.
And that has led to Covington being about as critical as any fighter could be toward the UFC boss, whom he said was second fiddle to former UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta prior to the company's sale.
"I don't really have a relationship with Dana White, and I don't give a (expletive) about him," Covington told MMAjunkie Radio. "He's cashing out — he made all the money off the fans, all the fans that built this sport, and they sold for $4 billion. And the reason the sport even is what it is is because of Lorenzo. So Dana hasn't even done anything — he (was) just Lorenzo's little check boy. He holds his coat for him and stuff. Dana's already cashed out — he got all that money and he let it get to his head. He's a piece of (expletive) person and he has no morals or values."
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