Monday, January 07, 2019

Tyron Woodley is the UFC welterweight champion, but was injured, and when Colby Covington won the interim title with a unanimous decision vs. Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225, a unification fight seemed inevitable. However, Covington was nursing some injuries so Woodley's next defense was a victory against Darren Till, but a fight with Covington still appeared natural. However, Kamaru Usman put together a 13-fight win streak capped with a dominating performance vs. Rafael dos Anjos at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale on November 28, and UFC president Dana White determined Woodley vs. The Nigerian Nightmare was next.

An incensed Covington appeared recently on Ariel Helwani's The MMA Hour and talked about it.

“In the end, I didn’t get the title shot because of politics behind it,” said Covington, as transcribed by Adam Guillen Jr. for MMA Mania. “You wanted to pull the curtain back today, so we are pulling back the curtain. Dana White has lied to me, UFC has lied to me. They made promises to me that I was going to fight Tyron Woodley in November in Madison Square Garden. They made promises to me that I was going to fight him in January in California. Then all of a sudden I’m getting passed up for a guy behind me that’s being my sloppy seconds. It’s not even a guy fans want to see. If anything, Dana and UFC are s****ing on the fans.”

“I’ve done everything they asked me to do. I went over to Australia and sold their show, and they never even paid me to go over there after they promised me they were going to pay me. They have lied to me before and I am sure this won’t be the last time they lie to me. I don’t know why they are lying to me. They sent me on a flight to Australia, 24-hour flight and just sent me home the next day with no pay. All of a sudden they want to blackball me like I’m the bad guy.”

'It’s only made me more passionate. These trying times, downs in the roads, just make the ups much sweeter. I’m not sitting always partying with chicks, I’m in the gym at ATT getting better and improving. This is driving me and my love for the sport to go to new heights. They are going to wish they gave me the title shot. I’m going to be the biggest draw in fighting, not just in UFC, but If I’m somewhere else. I don’t need to be in the UFC. I don’t need UFC, UFC needs me. Unless they call me with a title shot, I got nothing to say. I don’t need them. If they want to release me, release me, it’s not a big deal to me.”

“They were trying to cut me after the Demian Maia fight, that’s how stupid UFC is. They wanted to cut me after that fight. They told me, ‘No matter what happens in the fight, we’re cutting you.’ What happened? We are here today, I got an interim title and beat ‘RDA.’ They said I wasn’t a draw, not entertaining and they had no use for me, that was their quote, unquote.”

“F*** you, UFC.”