Colby Covington (15-1) goes up against the defending welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (15-1) this Sunday (Dec. 15 AEDT) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The scheduled for five rounds championship bout headlines the final pay-per-view fight card for 2019, UFC 245.
“Chaos” Covington is a former interim welterweight champion known for both, long lasting wars inside the cage and talk (a lot of it). He is riding the seven-fight win streak. Five of his previous victories were earned by unanimous decision, where two of the most recent bouts went a full five-round distance against former champion in the division Robbie Lawler and former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.
In the recent interview with Candace Owen Colby Covington said that he was basically forced to put on an act in order to save his career in the UFC. It appears to be his “Big Break”.
“I’ve never told this story before. Three fights ago before I fought the number two guy in the world, this guy name is Demian Maia in Brazil. They [UFC] told my manager Dan Lambert, they weren’t gonna re-sign me,” Colby Covington said. “They didn’t like my style, they didn’t like that I wasn’t entertaining. This was before I really started to become an entertainer and understand the entertainment aspect of this business.”
“Before this fight they told me no matter what happens, I was ranked sixth in the world, we are not re-signing you, we don’t like your character, we don’t like your fighting style. And I’m getting paid $30,000 to go fight the number two guy in the world. After you pay taxes and pay your coaches you’re really going to get $5000 or $10,000.”
“I go out there and beat [Demian Maia] up and leave him in a pool of his own blood in his home city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and I shoot this promo on the Brazilians and say, ‘You are all a bunch of filthy animals and Brazil you are a dump.’ That promo went so viral on the internet that UFC was like, ‘we have to keep him, we have to re-sign him because that promo is so big,'” Covington said.
“That what saved my career, that was a turning point in my career, and the rest has been history.”
In another recent interview with Adam Catterall of BT Sport “Chaos” was asked about personal relationships and what was the reaction from his family and friends.
“Do they see a real Colby behind what you are doing or sometime maybe it gets a little bit hard to explain to them what you are actually doing in order to achieve in the business side of this game?” Catterall asked.
“It’s a little bit mixed. I have some family and some friends that understand it, and there is some family and some friends that don’t understand. They just see what they see on the internet and they think that’s what who I am, and who I am behind the cameras.”
“They don’t realize that I am doing it to monetize and doing it for business. Really, if anything, it just shows me who is real and what’s true and the people that really stepped by my side and understand what I am doing those are the people that only matter to me. I don’t care about the other people.”
Whether it all was just an act for business and entertainment purposes or not has no much relevance when Covington steps inside the Octagon. It is certainly a different type of entertainment inside the cage where fists are flying.
Ultimately, to date Colby Covington has proven both, his ability to fight and talk. What happens when he squares off against Kamaru Usman this Sunday we will find out shortly.