Marc Goddard on Colby Covington criticism: Don’t care

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman beat Colby Covington in the main event of UFC 245 on December 14, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada; “Chaos” has complained caustically ever since that referee Marc Goddard stopped the fight too soon, and more.

“I’m fighting two people in the Octagon, [Usman] and a corrupt, incompetent ref,” said Covington in February to Andrew McNicol for the SCMP, in just one a number of tirades. “Marc Not-so-goodard robbed the people of a fair fight. This needs to be run back and, if it’s not, it’s a very corrupt business and it’s a fix. … It’s pathetic and Marc Goddard should never ref a UFC fight again in his entire life.”

During a recent interview with The Schmo, Goddard the pro responded to Colby’s kvetching.

“As far as Colby Covington goes, I’m a professional,” said Goddard, as transcribed by Lewis Mckeever for BE. “I could not care less what that man says anymore. I’ve listened to him slander and besmirch me for six months, and as a referee, we’re not supposed to respond. And I’m not going to respond, you know.”

“He doesn’t know what I put into this game. As a referee you’re going to make decisions sometimes that’s gonna please half of the room and upset the other half. I know what I do, and I know how I do it. I have integrity. Sadly you get people like Colby, save your schtick for your opponents. It’s not for me, you know. You get upset with me, it’s no problem, there’s plenty of other referees. Of course, I’m not gonna officiate another one of his fights.”

That would likely suit both of them.

Covington, currently ranked #2 in the division, is expected to fight later this year. In the meantime, he will doubtless continue his antic heel act. 

Two questions UG:
1. Should officials respond to criticism?
2. Does Covington’s schtick work, does it put more $ in his pocket?

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