Former interim welterweight champion Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington made an uninvited entry at the UFC 235 media day workouts as frustration for contender Kamaru Usman getting the nod to take on champ Tyron, Woodley.
Covington’s effort of spoiling the party took an unexpected turn as Covington bumped into UFC President Dana White in a casino later on in the day. Covington confronted White to ask as to why wasn’t he given a shot at the title despite being the interim champ. Many thought Covington took things too far. White speaking in an interview, cleared some air regarding the incident.
“Last night, it wasn’t as bad as it looked on video,” White told reporters, including MMAjunkie, at today’s UFC 236 press conference at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “We were cool and we talked last night, and face to face, he gets it. He knows he didn’t take the fight (with Tyron Woodley), so he didn’t get the fight.”
Covington won the interim title after defeating former lightweight champ Rafael Dos Anjos via a lopsided unanimous decision at UFC 225 back in June. Reportedly, Covington was offered a unification bout at UFC 228. However he was still recuperating from the injuries he suffered in his last fight and the title shot was given to then undefeated Darren Till.
“All he could say is, ‘You’ve got to accept the fights,’” Covington said. “Dude, I’ve accepted every single fight you’ve given me. Tell the people the real reason this is going on. This is corruption, and it needs to stop.
“He was pissed. He was real pissed, but I don’t give a (expletive). I’m not here to make him happy, and I wanted to let him know, this isn’t fair. There’s justice. You robbed out of a title fight this weekend.