Colby Covington has put a lot of work into locking down the next UFC welterweight title shot and fight fans have certainly taken notice.
Honestly, it has been hard not to, especially after Covington’s UFC 235 invasion last weekend in Las Vegas.
In effort to crash the party and take some attention away from Tyron Woodley’s co-main event clash with Kamaru Usman — which Usman won handily to capture the undisputed UFC welterweight title — “Chaos” did everything in his power to have the cameras turned on him. Not only did Covington heckle Usman before the fight and corner UFC president Dana White at a blackjack table, but he also mixed it up with “Nigerian Nightmare” on a buffet line after UFC 235.
Covington’s efforts have since paid off and the 31-year-old is happy with his work.
“I don’t feel like I stole the show, I know I stole the show,” Covington told Bloody Elbow. “The people know I stole the show. It was a boring week; no one was even talking about the fights until I showed up.
“I definitely stole all the headlines. ... They weren’t talking about Jon Jones, they were talking about Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington.”
Be that as it may, UFC 235 still pulled in an estimated 520K-650K PPV buys even though “Chaos” wasn’t competing on the card. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is the main reason for those high numbers.
Still, Covington believes he did what he needed to do in order to set himself apart at 170 pounds. The former interim welterweight champion felt slighted from the title shot he was promised last year and took every opportunity to lock down a bout with the winner of Woodley vs. Usman.
“Every time I say I’m gonna do something, I go out there and do it,” Covington said. “And promises were kept.”
With UFC 235 in the rear view, Covington will now focus all of his attention on Usman, who just destroyed Woodley over the course of five rounds to claim the undisputed welterweight crown and push his UFC record to a perfect 10-0. Covington has proven to back up his talk inside of the cage, but he may be dealing with a different animal this time around.
As for Covington’s relationship with White, “Chaos” believes it’s currently in good standing.
“We were on bad terms last week, but all I needed was a chance — an opportunity to talk to him, get face-to-face, let him know what’s going on, let him hear my side, and let me hear his side,” said Covington. “We’re on great terms right now.”
“A lot of people can relate to me, because everybody has a job where they hate their boss, and they work for their boss, and he’s a piece of sh-t,” Covington added. “That’s why a lot of people can relate to me in my situation. But you don’t hear me complaining over here. Yeah, I got passed over for a title shot when I was No. 1 in the world and I had a belt and I did something nobody has ever done — and that’s go to the White House and hang out with the sitting president, Donald Trump — but I’m not gonna complain about it. I’m not gonna make excuses about it. I just get back to work and I just keep being thankful and blessed to be able to live this American dream.”