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Dana White believes ‘overlooked’ Colby Covington belongs in UFC pound-for-pound rankings

UFC 272 Press Conference Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

UFC President Dana White has been making the media rounds this week to help promote the upcoming UFC 272 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for this Sat. night (March 5, 2022) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That means White has to say nice things about event headliner Colby Covington, widely considered one of the most unlikable fighters on the active roster. Let’s face it, $74.99 for a card that does not feature any title fights is a big ask.

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CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLE DIP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Phoenix, Ariz., on Sat., May 7, 2022, with a blockbuster championship doubleheader. Headlining the pay-per-view (PPV) event will be Lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira, seeking to defend his title against No. 1-ranked contender, Justin Gaethje. In UFC 274’s co-main event, women’s Strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas, looks to avenge her loss against No. 2-seeded, Carla Esparza. And top-ranked Lightweight contenders collide when Michael Chandler (No. 5) locks horns with Tony Ferguson (No. 7) in a fan-friendly 155-pound clash for the ages.

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“The truth is, if [current champion] Kamaru Usman doesn’t exist, Colby Covington is the 170-pound champion of the UFC,” White told Yahoo Sports. “I agree with you 100 percent. Colby should be in the pound-for-pound list. I agree with you, the fact that he’s so unliked, I think it makes him easy to be overlooked.”

Covington (16-3) is 11-3 under the UFC banner and currently ranked No. 1 at 170 pounds. That said, “Chaos” doesn’t hold any victories over an opponent presently ranked in the welterweight Top 15, making it hard to justify his place among the pound-for-pound greats.

That might change this weekend in “Sin City” where Covington battles ex-best friend and former American Top Team (ATT) teammate Jorge Masvidal. “Gamebred” is a two-time title challenger who holds the No. 6 spot in the official rankings.

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