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Colby Covington gets his chance to fight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title when he takes on Kamaru Usman for the undisputed title on Dec. 14 and has warned UFC President Dana White not to place the belt on him after beating the champ or risk being slapped in the face with it.
Covington has called out White on a number of occasions this year and was particularly incensed at the way he was treated after negotiations originally broke down between both parties for the title fight, with Covington later claiming “slave labor negotiations” as the reason.
Ahead of the much-anticipated 170-pound title fight, Covington has made a bold claim that White should rethink placing the belt around his waist or end up being slapped with it (via MMAFighting.com):
”I can tell you who’s not wrapping it around my waist, and that will not be Dana White,” Covington told “Submission Radio.” “If he tries to wrap it around my waist, I’m gonna take the belt from him and slap him in the face with it.”
Covington’s relationship with the UFC has soured considerably in recent months with the failed negotiations and the fact they stripped him of his interim title despite not losing a fight.
The outspoken 31-year-old said once he has the UFC title he will be able to call the shots rather than the other way round.
”Whether they love me and want to see me win, or hate me and want to see me knocked out, I’m doing what I do best,” he said. “What’s great about this is, this is an opportunity for me to just really shove this up the UFC’s ass and say, f*ck you guys, I don’t give a f*ck about you guys, now you have to come to me.
”So, you’re gonna be calling me after Dec. 14 begging to get me back in there. And if you don’t come right next time, you know, I don’t need to fight again, man. I already have enough money in my bank account where I don’t have to ever fight or do anything ever again. I’m making multi six-figure sponsors from Bang Energy, from a CBD company, from a betting website. So, I’m making more money in sponsors than Marty Fakenewsman’s gonna make in this fight.”
Covington says his relationship with White has deteriorated over time and points the finger at the president’s willingness to continually feed the press lies about what is really going on behind-the scenes.
”It’s just so funny to make him look stupid and make him look silly,” he said. “First off, his narrative was, ‘He’s ducking fights.’ Oh yeah, that’s why I took a fight with Robbie Lawler on three weeks’ notice and I didn’t even train for it because I had a cut and I saved your show -- your desperate ESPN show that needed the ratings and needed someone to show up and save the day. I did that for you. Now I’m showing up in an undisputed title fight three months later.
”So, everything he says, it’s never truthful, and just like the president (Donald Trump) says, truth is a force of nature. And I operate in truth and he operates in lies. So, there’s a difference between me and Dana White, and that’s truth and lies. Honestly, I don’t care what he says. He has a lot to say all the time, and I don’t pay attention to him anymore. I don’t follow him on any social media platform, so I could give a sh*t less what he has to say. I’m showing up, I’m kicking ass, I’m taking names and I’m cashing the biggest checks in the sport, and that’s that. There’s not a man alive that can stop me right now.
”Dana White needs to get his brain checked because he might have CTE if he’s making up lies like that.”