Weeks after our initial report that Colby Covington and Rafael dos Anjos will battle for interim welterweight gold at UFC 224, the bout is now official.
One of the most interesting details of this contest is that it will occur in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Covington, of course, is public enemy number-one in the country, having referred to it as “a dump” and its people as “filthy animals” after his autumn defeat of Demian Maia.
Despite the widespread concern that Covington could be in danger when he visits Brazil, he assures the UFC has guaranteed his safety in the country. The hometown hero Dos Anjos, however, might not be so safe.
“UFC has guaranteed my safety,” Covington said in a conversation with MMAFighting. “Only security concern is gonna be when they lock RDA up and he has to stand across the cage from 170 pounds of raw American steel and sex appeal.”
“May 12, I put all the super villains that you nerds read about in your comic books to shame,” Covington added. “I’m taking over the world and RDA sure as hell can’t stop me.”
While the winner of Covington and Dos Anjos’s UFC 224 showdown will be crowned the UFC interim welterweight champion, Covington feels that the winner should be considered the undisputed champ. In his opinion, Tyron Woodley, the man who currently owns that title, isn’t likely to return.
“You can call it an interim, but everyone knows [UFC welterweight champion Tyron] Woodley ain’t coming back when they put that belt around my waist,” Covington said, “and they are paying me like it’s a title fight.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/4/2018.