Colby Covington Opens Up On His Change Of Persona In The UFC
Love him or hate him, Colby Covington has had UFC fans talking about him continuously over the last couple of years. It’s safe to say that during the last couple of years, Covington’s controversial behaviour has seen him make his fair share of haters.
During this time however, many have accused Covington of putting on an act. Now ‘Chaos’ has suggested that his change of persona in the UFC was as a result of being told he was going to be cut from the UFC in 2017.
Speaking on The Candace Owens Show, Covington opened up about being told that he was going to be cut by the promotion ahead of his fight with Demian Maia two years ago.
“I think my big break. I’ve never told this story before but three fights ago, before I fought the number two guy in the world, this guy named Demian Maia in Brazil, they had told my manager Dan Lambert that they weren’t going to re-sign me. They didn’t like my style, they didn’t like that I wasn’t entertaining. And this is before I really started to become an entertainer and really understand the entertainment aspect of the business.
“So before this fight, they told me no matter what happens, I was ranked number six in the world, we’re not re-signing you, we don’t like your character, we don’t like your fighting style. And I’m getting paid $30,000 to go fight the number two guy in the world. After you pay taxes and pay your coaches, you’re really going to get $5,000 or $10,000.”
Covington went on to discuss the turning point of his UFC career and the promo video that saved it.
“So I go out there and I beat him up and leave him in a pool of blood in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in his home city. And I shoot this promo on the Brazilians and say, ‘You guys are all a bunch of filthy animals and Brazil you’re a dump.’ Everybody’s like ‘Oh you racist, you said Brazilians are filthy animals’. And I’m like, Brazil isn’t a race, it’s a country, and they use ‘filthy animals’ in Home Alone.
“So I go and shoot this promo, and I wasn’t supposed to have my job, but that promo goes so viral on the internet, that the UFC’s like, we have to keep him, we have to re-sign him because that promo is so big. So that’s what saved my career and that was the turning point of my career. The rest has been history.”
Although Covington’s change of persona may have saved him from being released by the UFC, his performances inside the Octagon have seen him earn a title shot against the UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, this coming weekend at UFC 245.
What do you think of Colby Covington’s change of persona in the last couple of years?