This sounds like an episode of Night Court.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight contender, Colby Covington, was stripped of his substitute strap and sent to the back of the 170-pound line after refusing to take a short-notice title fight last fall.
Sorry kiddo, you eat what you kill in this sport.
Not surprisingly, Covington feels betrayed by promotion president, Dana White, who instead awarded the next crack at Tyron Woodley to fellow streaking contender, Kamaru Usman. And if the promotion doesn’t want to take the appropriate action, then perhaps the U.S. judicial system will.
“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 just 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 MMA Junkie Radio. “I’ll sit on the shelf all day. We’ll go to court. I’ll make it a living hell for the UFC. I don’t give a (expletive).”
Despite his annoying shtick, Covington (14-1) has captured six straight wins, including back-to-back victories over Demian Maia and Rafael dos Anjos. The former is a two-time title contender while the latter held gold at 155 pounds.
Not too shabby.
Covington was in line to battle “The Chosen One” at UFC 228 back in September, but passed on the opportunity to heal up some nagging injuries. The promotion then called upon 170-pound bruiser, Darren Till, who went down in flames to the streaking champion.
And now that Ben Askren has entered the mix, the chances of Covington fighting for the title are getting bleaker by the minute.