After Colby Covington beat Robbie Lawler at UFC Newark, all signs pointed to him fighting Kamaru Usman next for the welterweight title. Even UFC president, Dana White said that fight would be next.
Yet, the negotiations between the two reportedly hit a standstill and whether or not they fight is now up in the air. With that said, Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman continue to trade shots over social media.
I want to fight Nov 2nd @TheGarden
— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) September 6, 2019
“I want to fight Nov 2nd @TheGarden,” Usman wrote.
That caught the attention of former interim welterweight champion who responded to Usman claiming he is the one turning down the fights.
Bitch, you don’t want to fight. Saying dumb shit like this is why they call you Marty FakeNewsman. https://t.co/ASNrGMzKF0
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) September 6, 2019
“Bitch, you don’t want to fight. Saying dumb shit like this is why they call you Marty FakeNewsman,” Colby Covington responded.
The two generally do not like each other and have had a rivalry for a long time. This is also not the first time Covington have accused Usman of not accepting a fight.
“First off, let’s start off, Jason. Do you really f**king believe he had to get surgery and he needs all this f**king time?” Colby Covington said on BJPENN.com Radio. “This is the same tactics [Tyron] Woodley did. ‘Oh, my shoulder. Oh, I could fight Nate Diaz. I could fight a GSP. I’ll fight anybody, but I can’t fight Colby. I need time. I need to be healthy.’ He’s doing the same s**t. He is asking for guys that aren’t even ranked in the f**king top 10. He’s asking for money fights, but he’ll fight anybody else except me. Except, if he’s fighting me he needs this long training camp and this and that.
“Dude, he’s f**king fake news,” Colby Covington continued. “That’s why he’s Marty FakeNewsman. He never got surgery. That’s the spoiler. I’m the king of spoilers. Spoiler alert. Kamaru Usman did not get surgery. It’s a fake injury. A fake excuse. He’s just trying to delay the inevitable. He knows what’s coming. He knows what’s in front of him now.”
The rivalry has been built up for a while and both have accused each other of not accepting the fight. Yet, both have called for the fight to happen at UFC 244, so what the hold up is unknown.
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 9/6/2019.