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Morning Report: Colby Covington ramps up the trash talk against Kamaru Usman

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Well, that didn’t take long.

After dominating Robbie Lawler on Saturday, Colby Covington reestablished himself as the No. 1 contender for Kamaru Usman’s welterweight title. Afterwards, Usman was working the desk of the UFC post-show and Covington and Usman got into a verbal exchange that may have escalated had security not held Usman back. All of this, of course, is setting up a grudge match for the title somewhere down the line that figures to be among the ugliest build ups in UFC history.

But why put off until tomorrow what you can do today? Speaking with Submission Radio recently, Covington discussed his big win on Saturday and couldn’t resist drawing from the well early when talking about Usman.

“No doubt about it,” Covington said. “The world got to find out again who the best welterweight in the world is. They got to see it again, over and over. It showed all the people who were doubting me, saying he was gonna knock me out, this and that. ‘Oh he can’t beat him unless he takes him down every round!’ I proved that I can outstrike him, I can outwrestle him, I’m just better than everybody, everywhere and that’s why I’m the most well-rounded fighter on the planet and going down as the greatest welterweight of all time.

“Let’s be honest, I got a call from the President of the United States of America after the fight. What has Marty Fake Newsman ever got a call from, the chief tribe of Nigeria with smoke signals?”

Covington didn’t stop there though. Covington went on to give a speech about how Usman is fake and pretending he’s a superstar who is better than everyone else which he then capped off with an unsolicited shot at the late Glenn Robinson.

“The guy’s a piece of sh*t,” Covington said about Usman. “I’ve just heard from so many people how he’s so fake and he just acts like he’s some superstar and he acts like he’s better than people. He has no personality. Literally, Tyron Woodley had more charisma than him. Like, that’s sad. Tyron Woodley has zero charisma, so you know that’s in the negatives for Marty Fakenewsman. So, the guy’s a piece of sh*t. I mean, he was ducking me so long that Glenn Robinson (who) was his manager, that Glenn Robinson died from it because he was ducking me so hard and wouldn’t fight me.”

Robinson was the founder of the Blackzillians who passed away last September of an apparent heart attack.

But wait, there’s more. So determined is Covington to lean into his heel persona that he finished off his diatribe with some off-color remarks about Usman’s intelligence level, all under the auspice of explaining why he will be negotiating to get more money for his next fight.

“Nobody gives a sh*t about Marty Fakenewsman,” Covington said. “He doesn’t bring any hype to the fight. Everybody wants to see it because they want to see me. Whether they hate me or love me, it doesn’t matter, they’re all fans of the sport. So all the people tuning in, they’re tuning in for me, they wanna see me. And look at the stuff Marty Fakenewsman says, he’s so stupid, he reiterates the same sh*t. You guys listen to him, all lead-up to this fight he’s gonna say the same sh*t – ‘Oh, are you gonna call the cops?’ He won’t drop that thing. He says the same sh*t over and over and over. He doesn’t even… he’s just retarded. Like, anybody that gets behind him… I mean, he’s got literally the IQ of a midget. So, it’s sad.”

“I’m getting championship money, but it only goes up every time. Everyone knows that when you win it only goes up. So, I am the champion. No one beat me for no championship. Who’s beat me? No one. So, I won that title fair and square, and possession is nine tenths of the law. No one’s beaten me for this belt. You want to me to put it down? Come beat me. But there’s not a man alive that can do that right now. So, it looks like they’ll have to keep paying me more and more every time.”

That may be a problem for Covington because, as much as he may want to portray otherwise, UFC ESPN 5 was the lowest viewed UFC card on ESPN to date. The UFC is not typically in the business of handing out raises, even to their biggest draws, and Covington has already been passed up for multiple title shots because of his unwillingness to cede to the UFC’s terms. If he holds out for more money, we could well see Covington’s friend Jorge Masvidal skip past him for a title shot. But Covington says that won’t happen because Masvidal is the B to his A, which is why Masvidal has been courting a fight with Conor McGregor.

“He knew that title shot was never his all along,” Covington said. “We’re one of the best dynamic duos in the history of MMA, but let’s get it right, we are the Batman and Robin – of course I’m Batman and he’s Robin, but you guys know what I mean.”

Still though, the UFC may not be interested in bumping Covington’s pay given the ratings for his most recent fight and if that happens, Covington says we may be in for another standoff with management. But if they don’t have an issues, Covington is eyeballing the November New York PPV as his return date.

“I guess we’ll just have to stay tuned, boys,” Covington finished. “There’s no predicting the future, I don’t have a glass ball, but I got some things in the works right now. I got to obviously go get this eye checked out and I want to fight in Madison Square Garden.”


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