Colby Covington has always put in work to perfect his craft. It begins with his exploits inside the Octagon, but unfortunately doesn’t end there. He also works hard to improve his trash talking game – evident with the new ways he often comes up to get into people’s minds. The current welterweight kingpin, Kamaru Usman, had a fare share of idea about what he was getting into by signing the contract to fight Covington.
Despite having expected a barrage of trash talk, Usman is still a bit surprised by what his opponent had to say about him. He was surprised by Covington invoking Glenn Robinson’s name when he was exchanging words with Usman at the pre-fight press conference several weeks ago. Robinson was one of the founders of the Blackzilians, a team that Usman represented on the UFC reality show, before he passed away in 2018.
“The man has passed away and passed on,” Usman said when asked about Covington’s comments on Robinson when speaking to MMA Fighting. “What more do you stand to gain from continuing to try and degrade his name. That’s kind of a line you don’t cross.
“You let dead men sleep. Unfortunately, he hasn’t learned that lesson.”
Covington then hurled allegations regarding PEDs towards ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’. The former claimed that Usman has used EPO (erythropoietin), a performance-enhancing drug that aids endurance and is banned at all times. Let alone taking it, Usman has denied even knowing about the drug before he had heard about it from Covington’s mouth.
“He kept saying that, and I’m like what is that?” Usman said. “I didn’t know what that was, and then somebody explained to me what it was. I haven’t changed since the first moment I came to the UFC. I haven’t changed from my first professional fight to my last fight. I look the exact same because I put in the exact same amount of work each and every time. The only thing that changes are my skills, and that comes with the time spent honing my craft.”
Despite the fact that the welterweight champ thinks that the former interim champ has crossed a line, he still thinks that he has done something noteworthy. Colby ranks very high among people who are among the most hated currently in the UFC. And Usman thinks that has to be Covington’s biggest achievement.
“I will give him props, I don’t think in the history of the sport—it’s almost like the history of combat sports period—I don’t think there’s ever been a guy universally hated this bad,” Usman said. “In the last couple of months, I’ve been in maybe five or six different countries, and I can’t tell you how many people would come up to me and say ‘I can’t wait for you to kill this guy.’ It’s overwhelming with an alarming amount.
“He’s done something right, because to be hated by the world, that’s tough to do.”