Colby Covington riled a whole new set of fans when he allegedly spoiled the ending of this week’s blockbuster movie release, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
But to Covington, it’s another day, another hater.
“There’s a couple hundred that are pissed off and want me dead, want my head, that want ISIS to burn my family,” Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) today told MMAjunkie Radio. “So a lot of virgins and nerds out there mad at Colby Covington.”
There’s never a shortage of targets for the 29-year-old UFC welterweight contender, who even started up with FOX Sports commentator and retired fighter Kenny Florian over a segment on “UFC Tonight” assessing his title chances.
Of course, it didn’t help that Covington’s No. 1 rival, welterweight champ Tyron Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC), was one of the talking heads weighing in. But Florian got caught in the crossfire when he suggested Covington should face Kamaru Usman and Darren Till prior to getting a title shot.
“Yeah, Mr. Plagiarist himself,” Covington replied today, referencing Florian’s suspension from FOX for pirating fight analysis. “He’s out there plagiarizing words. He should have been (expletive) by FOX. But he’s trying to degrade me and make me look like an idiot, and really, he’s the one looking like an idiot.
“He’s the guy not looking impartial on FOX when he’s supposed to be impartial. That guy’s a clown – I just exposed him for what he is.”
Covington’s ultimate mission, of course, is to expose the champ, whom he claims wilted in the gym when they trained together. He claims an offer to coach “The Ultimate Fighter” opposite Woodley, who’s scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery, is merely waiting on the champ’s acceptance. Covington’s manager, Dan Lambert of American Top Team, told MMAjunkie no such offer had been made.
Covington said he would bring his ATT coaches and training partner Jorge Masvidal on the show, while bringing in some fun with Chael Sonnen, the man from whom he clearly draws inspiration in his heel schtick.
“That would definitely interest me,” Covington said of a title shot. “I think that would be good buildup. Everybody knows Tyron wants to be on FOX and expand his brand, so I’m sure this should draw him out. It’s a perfect time where he can be a coach, and then fight me at the end for the welterweight title.
“I’m already deep in his head, and I think he’s thinking, if we get on an eight-week show, I’m going to be even deeper in his head, and he’s not even going to have a chance to beat me in the fight. I don’t know if he’s going to want to take that risk. So the ball’s in his court. I’ve accepted the coaching position – we’ll see if he does the same.”
Like Woodley, Covington remains officially unbooked after a key win over two-time title challenger Demian Maia in September, which catapulted him into the limelight as much for the hatred he earned from Brazilians as his performance.
On Thursday, one Brazilian, ex-UFC heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum, was handed a $600 fine for acting out on that animosity by throwing a boomerang at Covington outside the UFC’s host hotel in Sydney for UFC Fight Night 121.
Covington shrugs that off as going easy on Werdum, like he orchestrates theses things. But he also freely admits that much of what he’s doing borrows from a very old script in the entertainment business.
“Pro wrestling is all about patience and timing, and that’s exactly how everything came together for what I’m accomplishing right now,” he said. “I’ve told everybody what I was doing from the beginning. There is a strategy to it, and there is a patience. And that’s exactly what’s happening right now.”
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