Colby Covington made headlines yet again when he visited the White House earlier this month and presented President Donald Trump with the interim UFC welterweight title.
“Chaos” captured the 170-pound belt by dismantling former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision back at UFC 225.
While Covington has already been jumped in line by undefeated welterweight contender Darren Till, who will meet current champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 228 next month, the White House visit is something he’ll cherish forever. It’s a nice consolation price after seeing his title reign end so abruptly.
Leave it to budding rival and former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping to rain on Covington’s White House parade. The two fighters have been bickering in the media for the past few months so it shouldn’t come as surprise that Bisping is chiming in now.
“For one, you’re a big Trump supporter, good for you, well done,” Bisping said of Covington during the latest edition of his “Believe You Me” podcast (transcription via MMANytt). “You went to the White House, well done. Let’s just be clear though, you didn’t go as the champion. Interim belt or not. You’re currently now nothing other than a regular UFC fighter and you only went because Dana White is close with Donald Trump. They’re friends, they’re buddies.”
“I’ve got to think that was part of the reason why [the visit happened],” Bisping added. “It wasn’t a case of [Trump] sat and watched and went ‘oh my god, here’s this Colby douche bag face, that is doing these incredible things, we have to have him to the White House, we have to honor this great American’. No, it wasn’t that. He went running and when Dana stripped him, Dana said ‘don’t worry about it, we’re going to strip you but just to soften the blow, I’ve got you a President meeting, you can pop in for 30 seconds but don’t touch anything.”
In Covington’s defense, he was planning on visiting President Trump way before UFC announced they’d be stripping his title for not being ready to fight Woodley on Sept. 8. Still, Bisping is giving the brash welterweight zero breaks, especially after Covington released the following Instagram clip earlier this week:
It’s a shame that Covington and Bisping don’t compete in the same weight class. “Chaos” would probably be able to draw the former UFC champion out of retirement for one final fight.
For now, fight fans will have to consume the bad blood via social media. Covington has yet to respond to Bisping’s White House lashing, but that’s sure to change in the coming days.