Colby Covington might just be the most hated man in the UFC.
That’s saying a lot, especially when using a word as strong as hate, but it’s not like Covington isn’t embracing that role.
The highly outspoken welterweight title contender has managed to irritate or otherwise upset the entire country of Brazil, the whole 170-pound division, and he’s even found a way to enrage fighters so much that heavyweights like Fabricio Werdum are willing to be arrested just for the chance to confront him.
Of course, all of this only puts a smile on Covington’s face because he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I’m good for business. I’m the super villain of this division. I’m the super villain of the whole entire UFC,” Covington told MMAWeekly. “They’re starting to realize my worth. I’m the most notable fighter right now. Everybody wants to watch me. Whether they want to see me lose or win, it’s all the same f—ing thing.”
For Covington’s next act, he’ll descend upon Chicago this week at UFC 225 for an interim welterweight title shot against former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.
“They’re all going to be tuning in on June 9 on pay-per-view to watch me put an ass whooping on that little Franken-nerd RDA. I’m going to leave RDA motionless in the Octagon and there will be no question I’m the undisputed welterweight champion of the world.”
Covington will be the first to tell you that he’s been calling for a fight against dos Anjos for more than a year and that’s definitely true. Back when dos Anjos first declared he was moving to welterweight, Covington was quick to call him out, but the fight never materialized.
That’s certainly a fact that Covington hasn’t forgotten when breaking down the three wins dos Anjos has picked up over Robbie Lawler, Neil Magny, and Tarec Saffiedine to put him in the position to fight for an interim title this weekend.
“My thoughts aren’t much of him. He’s a little steroid midget who was getting melted by featherweights,” Covington said. “He had three hand picked opponents. He had three guys coming off losses. Those three wins aren’t credible wins. He beat three over the hill bums. I don’t think he’s that good. All these people are hyping up him saying he’s the best welterweight and he can’t be stopped are going to be the same fans afterwards that try to discredit me and say he’s a washed up lightweight and he didn’t belong at 170.
“It’s going to be funny to watch all these two-faced nerds after I melt RDA on June 9 in Chicago.”
For all the bluster that Covington presents whenever he talks, when it comes down to the actual strategy for the fight there does appear to be one clear-cut advantage that he holds over dos Anjos.
Covington is a former All-American wrestler at Oregon State and a junior college wrestling national champion. Meanwhile, dos Anjos hasn’t faced a laundry list of top wrestlers but he did lose a lopsided decision to future champion Khabib Nurmagomedov back in 2014 in a fight that largely featured him unable to stop the takedown.
Now, dos Anjos has said that he’s evolved a lot since that loss, but Covington will be the first high-level wrestler he’s faced since moving to welterweight.
Needless to say, Covington is confident that his wrestling will give dos Anjos nightmares not to mention everything else he can do in the fight.
“To be honest, I could tie both my hands behind my back and I could still take that guy down and hold him down for as long as I want to,” Covington said. “I don’t have to worry about anything he’s going to do to me; he has to worry about what I’m going to do to him. I’m going to come right at him. I’m better than him everywhere.
“He’s got no chance and the whole world is going to find out who is the greatest welterweight of all time and that’s Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington.”
While Covington certainly seems to relish the disdain showered on him from fighters and fans alike, he does have more than a few people willing to support him publicly.
In fact, Covington’s bad guy image definitely attracts certain viewers who love the kind of outlandish stuff he’s been saying lately.
Then again, don’t expect too many of those to stand out in Chicago considering what Covington had to say about the UFC 225 host city.
“I can’t wait to go takeover Chicago,” Covington said. “The Bulls, they’ve been sucking lately, and the Bears, that team is trash, so they’re going to get a championship caliber fighter when I come to the city.”