You either love him or you can’t wait to see him get his ass kicked but Colby Covington has you talking about him. On Saturday, in front of the Trump kids and the world, Covington returned to the Octagon after a year absence to dominate UFC Legend Robbie Lawler in a five-round fight by unanimous decision (50-44, 50-45, 50-45). The fight surprised many except for Covington by how one-sided the bout was. Shortly after the fight, Colby received a call from President Trump himself who congratulated him as he wore his MAGA hat proudly.
Colby’s brass style and trash talk have won him just as many enemies as it has fans over the last couple of years. Colby angered many of his teammates at American Top Team after he called their country of Brazil “a dump” shortly after the crowd began to boo him. Colby’s Brazilian teammates then risked being a target in their home country for just being seen with him following his comments. Being an open Donald Trump supporter is enough to generate a lot of haters, However, Covington remains unfazed as he continues his run as the self-proclaimed “people’s champion”.
The UFC’s renegade set a UFC record for attempted strikes (541) in the bout, and also converted 10 of his 18 takedown attempts. The performance has made him the undisputed #1 contender for the UFC Welterweight (170 pound) championship which is currently being held by Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman, who has yet to defend since beating Tyron Woodley at UFC 235. Covington has won his last 7 fights against some standout fighters in the Top 10 of the division.
Colby’s performance earned him a lot of respect from his doubters who can no longer deny his skill in the cage. His personality has created a fighter that is loved by American Conservatives and hated by American Liberals but whether they love you or they hate you, they will always pay to see you. Covington is targeting November’s UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden for his championship bout against Kamaru Usman.