Nasty Scenes Went Down in Las Vegas as Everybody’s Least Favourite MMA Personality Decided to Antagonize New Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman and His Team…
Kamaru Usman really does not like Colby Covington. We don’t blame him, because unless you’re his mother its hard to find anything endearing about the former interim welterweight champion. Usman utterly dominated Tyron Woodley at UFC 235 to become the new king of the 170lb division.
During his awesome display – you might hate watching wrestling, but you can’t deny it was a phenomenal display of physicality – UFC President Dana White was spotted talking to Covington. It’s been confirmed that he has promised the man from Clovis, California that he will get the first shot at Usman’s crown.
The tension is already clearly building for this one, as Usman’s team stalked Covington to a Las Vegas casino buffet line and proceeded to taunt the most annoying man in MMA today. Ali Abdelaziz was there and of course, he decided to get involved… Watch the footage below of these unpleasant scenes.
Covington really must be the most disliked fighter in MMA. He’s probably most infamous for referring to Brazilians as ‘animals’ and for his devotion to the polarising US president Donald Trump. He’s had run-ins with Michael Bisping, Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley in the past.
Covington actually became the interim champion after defeating Rafael Dos Anjos while Tyron Woodley was recovering from an injury. However, he was stripped of that title – despite a trip to the White House with the belt – and Usman was instead given a shot at the title.
Despite spending the last week blasting the UFC and annoying Dana White by following him to casinos, it doesn’t actually appear to have cost Covington. He will get the next shot at the welterweight title and is already trying to build up a bit of drama. By that, he’s ensuring that everyone tunes in to the fight to watch Usman batter him for five rounds.
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Usman’s team decided to take a leaf out of Covington’s book. They tracked him to the buffet line of the Palms Springs Casino restaurant, and that’s when things got messy. There was pushing and shoving, with a lot of confused people around them stuck in the middle of the mess.
The champion’s manager Ali Abdelaziz was also at the scene and he proceeded to run his mouth too. Abdelaziz is another polarizing figure in MMA. The Egyptian is most famous for his close relationship to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagamedov, but also represents flyweight champ Henry Cejudo, as well as the likes of Frankie Edgar and Usman.
Never a man to keep his mouth shut, he got involved and was filmed throwing a punch at Covington who looks at him with disbelief and responds: “You’re not even a fighter.”
Covington was ringside for Usman’s demolition of Tyron Woodley and decided to hurl verbal abuse at the new champion on his way out of the octagon. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ responded to MMA’s most punchable face and had to be guided away by security who reminded him that his daughter was there and he’d just won a title.
Of course, this isn’t the first time somebody has taken a shot at Covington outside the octagon. One of the highlights of Fabricio Werdum’s career was when he threw a boomerang at ‘Chaos’ in Australia. We salute him.