Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim welterweight champion, Colby Covington, is a pop culture personality now, right alongside Tila Tequila and that kid from Jerry Maguire, thanks to his outspoken personality and flair for the dramatic.
But his fame and fortune did not come from any sort of marketing push by the organization and “Chaos” was forced to promote himself (by any means necessary). Aping Chael Sonnen’s “bad guy” schtick, Covington turned heel roughly five years back.
“I mean, from day one the UFC has never put up a picture of me, never promoted me, never did anything,” Covington told Submission Radio. “And they say they want their stars to build themselves and I did that exactly for them, and then they still treated me the way they did. It’s unbelievable. I’m a self-made man, I worked very hard to get to this point, and I did it on my own, I never had any help from anyone.”
I suppose Covington’s definition of “working hard” includes calling the cops when confronted by bigger, stronger fighters like Fabricio Werdum. And I wouldn’t recommend a trip to this heavyweight’s home town without Sonnen’s fake mustache and glasses.
That said, disguises (and rubber mallets) are always welcome in pro wrestling.
“I’m not losing any sleep over it. I can tell you what, I’m on vacation right now with all my ladies in Miami, man, we having a good night, we having a good time,” Covington said. “We’re partying. I’m still making money. That’s the thing about the UFC, they can’t slow me down. I’m a personality now. I do whatever the fuck I want. If I’m gonna go to the WWE, you know, I might be in the WWE soon. So I could give a fuck less if I ever fight in the UFC.”
Covington is holding out for a welterweight title shot, which as of this writing would come against the winner of Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman at UFC 235, but “Uncle Fester” wants “Chaos” to fight his way back into contention.
Who budges first?