Askren Asks If Anyone Cares If Colby Retires

Colby Covington is demanding that the UFC give him what he deserves or he’ll walk away and never fight again. Ben Askren asked if Covington did leave, who cares?

“Colby’s got no skills,” Askren said. “He’s gotta fight. … If he doesn’t fight, I don’t think one person in the whole world will shed a tear. Like, thank god that era is over. I think the UFC made it more than it was, because if you look at any of his social media he doesn’t have that many followers. There was never that much of a ‘We want to see Colby!’ It just wasn’t there. It was staged.”

Covington gained the UFC interim lightweight title in June of 2018 at UFC 225 with a unanimous decision victory of Rafael dos Anjos, which should have set up a showdown with current UFC welterweight champion and Askren’s friend Tyron Woodley.

Covington would then back away from a potential fight due to a needed sinus surgery, which would see Darren Till jump the line to face Woodley at UFC 228. And while Covington was negotiating with the UFC for this Saturday’s UFC 235, Covington tried to do it on his own terms, which would set “Chaos” to the side for Kamaru Usman.

“Colby was too dumb,” Askren said. “He thought the promoter was his friend. He thought, ‘Hey, he’s my buddy, he’s gonna do everything good for me. He’s gonna take care of me.’ … He looks so dumb and he continues to look dumb.”

“I think that’s the obvious next fight for Tyron,” Askren said of Covington being Woodley’s next opponent with a win at UFC 235. “It’s an easy one, too. Who doesn’t like easy money?”

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