Alex Volkanovski trashes Colby Covington over his TUF 29 coaching remarks: “You literally play a character to stay relevant.”

By Chris Taylor - May 29, 2021

UFC featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski did not hold back while responding to Colby Covington’s remarks about his TUF 29 coaching gig.

Alexander Volkanovski, Alex Volkanovski, Henry Cejudo

Prior to Volkanovski and Brian Ortega being announced as the coaches of the new season of The Ultimate Fighter, rumors were swirling that Colby Covington could be a part of TUF 29.

Those previous reports had insinuated that ‘Chaos’ would be matched opposite former friend turned bitter rival Jorge Masvidal in the TUF coaching roles.

Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington

Unfortunately a deal for Masvidal and Covington to coach TUF 29 never came to fruition and thus the promotion moved to Brian Ortega and Alex Volkanovski to fill that void.

In a recent interview with MMA journalist James Lynch, Colby Covington opened up on the UFC’s “mockery” of a decision stating the following.

“Yikes. I know Hunter Campbell and Dana White probably had to go behind closed doors and be smacking themselves in the head because you don’t want those two guys as your coaches as your comeback season of The Ultimate Fighter,” Covington said. “Those guys (Brian Ortega and Alex Volkanovski) are going to make a complete mockery of the show. There’s just no entertainment factor there. Those guys, yeah, they’re decent fighters for the little weights, for the little midgets, but they don’t sell. There’s no controversy, there’s no drama, there’s nothing. There’s no storyline. So I feel bad for the show. I wish I could have came back to the show and give the people what they want.”

Covington’s comments clearly did not sit well with Alex Volkanovski, as the reigning UFC featherweight champion fired back with the following on Twitter.

“Colby Covington why you mad? Just take a fight already you little bitch. You literally play a character to stay relevant.” – Volkanovski wrote.

Alex Volkanovski was most recently seen in action at UFC 251, where he successfully defended his featherweight title with his second straight defeat of former champ Max Holloway.

Meanwhile, Colby Covington is currently campaigning for a rematch with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

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