Former UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington said that he will be the unofficial backup for the title fight taking place between UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261.
UFC 261 will take place at Jacksonville in Florida with a full capacity crowd and Colby Covington plans on being in attendance for the fight.
While the UFC hasn’t told Colby Covington anything about being the backup fighter, the ‘Chaos’ said that he is going to be the unofficial backup fighter anyways.
“I’m going to evaluate things when that fight happens. Everybody knows the UFC hasn’t told me, but I think it’s pretty self-explanatory that I’m the backup guy,” Colby Covington said to The Schmo. “If anything happens, anybody gets COVID, anybody gets cold feet and pulls out of that fight, I’m showing up. That’s right down the road from me. We’re in Miami, Fla., right now. That’s a three-and-a-half-hour, four-hour ride. I’ll take a bus over to Jacksonville, and I’ll be showing up for the fight. I’ll be there.
“So, if anybody pulls out, I’ll be stepping in and we’ll evaluate from there,” Covington continued. “I just want to put on good fights and capitalize on the prime of my career, which is what I’m in. So we’ll see what happens in a couple of weeks.”
Will Colby Covington weigh-in at UFC 261?
While he is going to the unofficial back up for the UFC 261 main event, he is not sure about being able to weigh in on the card.
“I don’t know. That’s up to Dana White and Hunter Campbell. That’s their decision. That’s their business and what they want. But I’m staying ready. I have my weight ready to go. I’m training, preparing like I’m fighting April 24 for the world title,” Covington said. “So if they want me to weigh in, I’d love to weigh in. If not, it’s okay. I’ll be there in attendance, and I’ll be ready to go in case anybody pulls out last minute.” Covington said.
Colby Covington is coming off of a fifth-round TKO win over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley last September.
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