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Video: Colby Covington confronts Dana White about missed title shot, gets shut down

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Colby Covington
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Colby Covington went for the big fish and came up with a boot.

Never one to shy away from confrontation, Covington had already made waves in Las Vegas this week when he interrupted rival Kamaru Usman’s open workout on Thursday ahead of Usman’s welterweight title opportunity at UFC 235.

“Chaos” received plenty of attention for that stunt and he followed that up by tracking down UFC president Dana White on the casino floor at the Palms looking for answers. After winning an interim title last June with a five-round unanimous decision win over Rafael dos Anjos, Covington was presumed to be next to challenge welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, especially since the two had an ongoing feud.

Instead, the matchmakers went with Usman for Woodley’s next title defense, and Covington has been fuming over the decision.

Cell phone in hand, he found White and demanded an explanation for why he wasn’t fighting for the belt this weekend. The result likely wasn’t what he had hoped for:

A visibly annoyed White did not offer a response on-camera, simply telling Covington to “stop filming”. Another voice chimes in telling Covington, “no cameras”, and that appeared to be enough to stop the fighter’s inquiry for now. Covington’s search for answers will have to wait another day.

Update: Covington talked to MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi about the incident below.