Colby Covington Thinks The UFC Are Punishing Him
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last couple of weeks, you’ll know that Colby Covington isn’t very happy with the UFC and Dana White right now. After it was announced that Kamaru Usman had been chosen to fight Tyron ‘The Chosen One’ Woodley for the welterweight title, Covington has been letting rip at his boss. Just in case you have been living under a rock, you can catch up with how angry Covington was here.
Covington believes that the UFC are punishing him for not fighting Woodley in September. As he told Elias Cepeda, of www.mixedmartialarts.com.
“I found out when the fight got signed, pretty much. My manager kept me informed on how things were going. It seems self-explanatory to me that they’re doing this to punish me for not fighting injured. They told me I’d fight Woodley for the title, next.
“They’re punishing me for not fighting him in September when I was injured. The UFC’s own doctors would not clear me to fight in September. Their own doctors said I shouldn’t fight, then, and they still got mad at me for not fighting while injured, then.”
The UFC’s decision to go with Usman, despite the fact that both Covington and Woodley were campaigning to fight each other, has even got the pair agreeing on one thing. That Woodley doesn’t get treated fairly by the UFC.
“We might not ever agree on anything else in our lives, but I absolutely agree with [Woodley] on that. He was treated unfairly. They want Woodley to fight every other month but other champions can go over a year without defending their belts and they’re not stripped, interim titles aren’t created.”
With the way the UFC has treated him, Covington believes that it highlights the need for a fighters union.
“I’ll tell you what, I hope other fighters are paying attention to all this. I hope fighters with less big names are paying attention. Woodley won the belt, defends it, does his job, and they treat him like that. I’ve won six-straight fights, won a UFC belt, promoted the UFC, promoted the division, got fans interested in it again, sold me and Woodley as a huge fight that everyone now wants to see – they were saying he was boring and I got people interested in seeing him fight, again, even if it was so they could see him try to beat me up – I’m the number two ranked guy in the division, I became the first MMA fighter in history to be invited to the White House and pose with a UFC belt and the President of the United States. I did all that, and the UFC can still cast me off like this, break their word to me, take away my title, take away my title shot. Imagine what they’ll do to you. It’s time for fighters to start talking about putting together a union.”
There may not be a fighters union right now but Covington isn’t going to let that stop him from being the thorn in the side of the UFC.
“The UFC can give me the title shot they promised me and that I earned or they can release me, either way. I’m going to be a thorn in their side.
“Dana White is scared to release me. He doesn’t have the guts to release me. Dana White is a coward, and Dana White is a liar.
“How can I make a living, then, if they don’t give me fights they promised, and won’t release me? That’s why this may end up having to go to court. If they won’t give me the fight or won’t release me, they’re affecting my ability to have a livelihood.”