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According to "Chaos," the initial offer was a "take it or leave it" deal and the UFC left no room for discussion on the details. Since Covington doesn't consider himself a title challenger, he said he is unwilling to accept a generic contract offer.
"My side of the story is, I'm ready to fight, I was ready to fight, but the UFC came to be with the basic challenger's offer," Covington said. "I'm a champion. There was no negotiation. They came and ran at me and said, 'Here, take this, or leave it and we'll pass it on to the next person. That's not fair negotiating and that's not right. So I'm not going to take the first offer that you offer me."
Hopeful for a compromise, Covington explained he wants to be paid what his worth. In his mind, he's the A-side in this fight and should be compensated as such. Additionally, he said Usman should house some of the blame for the fizzled bout proposal and alleged the champion was refusing to fight everyone the UFC offered.
"We need to meet in the middle," Covington said. "There's more that needs to be done. But also, I'm the A-side and you can't even get the B-side done with Usman. Why are we even rushing this if you can't get the B-side done?