Colby Covington is not happy Dana White gave Kamaru Usman a shot at the welterweight title against Tyron Woodley.
Covington won the UFC’s interim title with a win over Rafael Dos Anjos in June, but was unable to unify his belt against Woodley when he had to pull out of the fight due to nasal surgery. He was then stripped of his title and Woodley went on to beat Darren Till for the belt.
Then, when Covington felt he deserved the next fight against Woodley after he was healed, Usman was given the chance coming off of a win over Dos Anjos. Covington said he was the one who deserved the shot and not Usman.
“Woodley’s going to smoke him,” Covington told MMAjunkie Radio. “Usman’s a scrub, and he shouldn’t even be in that position.”
Covington said White has been working against him to keep him from matching up with Usman.
“Dana White’s out in the media saying ‘Colby’s not taking the fights, we don’t allow that in the UFC. He can go fight somewhere else,'” Covington said. “So, what I’m saying is, ‘OK, Dana. Let’s see if you’re a man of your s—. Let’s see if you’re a man of your word. Let’s see if you can stick to what you say. You said you don’t allow that in the UFC? Alright. I’m testing you, m— f—. Let’s see how big your balls are. Release me, m— f—.'”
Covington said Woodley has been turning down matchups with him for a while. And he also said he believes a “power play” between White and Usman’s manager is going on to keep the title away from the American Top Team fighter.
“I don’t really have a relationship with Dana White, and I don’t give a s— about him,” Covington said. “He’s cashing out — he made all the money off the fans, all the fans that built this sport, and they sold for $4 billion. And the reason the sport even is what it is is because of Lorenzo (Fertitta). So, Dana hasn’t even done anything — he (was) just Lorenzo’s little check boy. He holds his coat for him and stuff. Dana’s already cashed out — he got all that money and he let it get to his head. He’s a piece of s— person and he has no morals or values.”