Colby Covington is coming off of the most significant win of his UFC career over former champion Tyron Woodley earlier this month.
Following his win over the former champion, he officially endorsed President Donald Trump and blasted BLM and other political organisations.
He also had a heated conversation with UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley on the ESPN post-fight show, and told the Nigerian-born fighter that he was getting “smoke signals” from his “tribe.”
In the post-fight, Covington made some more controversial statements.
“The Black Lives Matter is a complete sham,” Covington said post-fight. “It’s a joke. They’re taking these people that are complete terrorists. They’re taking these people that that are criminals. These aren’t people that are hardworking Americans, blue-collar Americans. These are bad people. They’re criminals. “They shouldn’t be attacking police,” Covington added. “If you’re breaking the law and you’re threatening the cops with weapons, you deserve to get what you get. Law enforcement protects us all. If we don’t have law enforcement, it’d be the wild wild west.”
“[Woodley]’s a communist. He’s a Marxist. He stands for criminals. He hates America, and that’s why he got broke tonight.”
Colby Covington praises Dana White
While Colby Covington received criticism from the media and fellow fighters, UFC president Dana White was quick to defend him.
In an interview with Submission Radio, Colby Covington praised Dana White for not bowing down to woke mob.
“The backlash was not warranted. I gotta say big respect to Dana White for not bowing to the woke mob. Dana White is the only commissioner that doesn’t try and force an agenda down your throat,” Covington said (via LowKickMMA).
“Like, Basketball, NFL, they are trying to force a one-sided agenda down your throat – the woke mob,” Covington added. “They want to force their politics down your throat and you have to accept it and if you don’t we’re not gonna pay you. Dana White is not like that. He’s not trying to limit my free speech. This is America. We have freedoms in America. He’s not telling me what I should and shouldn’t do and he’s OK with which way I wanna go.
“That’s what I love most about Dana White and the UFC as a whole because they don’t limit their fighters freedom of speech and they don’t take away our rights,” Covington concluded. “They let us be who we wanna be. There’s nothing that I said that was racist and there’s nothing that I did that was racist. End of story. Next question.”
Following his win over Tyron Woodley, Dana White stated that he wanted to make a fight between Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington.