When Colby Covington won the UFC interim welterweight title in June of 2018, he was promised a welterweight title shot opposite undisputed champ Tyron Woodley. Yet he never received that opportunity.
Instead, Covington’s promised title shot was given to Kamaru Usman, who will battle Tyron Woodley at UFC 235.
Colby Covington is not happy about this — in fact, he’s threatening legal action against the UFC.
“We may have to go to court, and this may be a lawsuit, because let’s be honest: If [Tom] Brady wins the AFC championship and all of a sudden Roger Goodell says, ‘You’re not going to the Super Bowl because we don’t like you’ – no, that’s not how it works,” Covington told MMAjunkie recently (transcript via MMA Fighting). “This is business and just because you don’t like someone, that’s not a big deal. This is business and they’re gonna have to get over the fact that they don’t like me and they’re gonna have to play ball and do business with me.
“If the UFC wants to be a circus and be a corrupt business and go about their business, then that’s their problem,” Covington added. “I’m standing up for what I believe in. I’m not backing down. I don’t care what Uncle Fester has to say. I’m the No. 1 ranked fighter in the world. Go look it up on the UFC website. I had a belt wrapped around my waist by Uncle Fester. I was the only fighter to go the White House. That’s never happened. What else do you have to do? What’s the criteria to get a title shot these days?”
What do you think of these comments from Colby Covington? Do you sympathize with the polarizing welterweight star?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 2/5/2019.