Covington Blasts USADA Over EPO Testing
Days away from the biggest fight of his career, Colby Covington is not only claiming welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is on EPO, but that USADA is complicit.
”They didn’t test me one time leading up to this fight,” Covington told the media during a scrum this week. “They know I’m clean – that’s probably why they didn’t test me.
”Where’s the testing? I love USADA; I love Jeff Noviztky, but c’mon, guys, let’s be honest. USADA works for the UFC, so you really think that the UFC is going to pull a main event or test a guy that could potentially fail the test and ruin their business? I don’t think so.”
Per a report from MMA Fighting, Covington has undergone only one test during the fourth quarter of 2019 by the UFC’s anti-doping partner, the same to Usman, as both men are set to headline UFC 245 on December 14th.
”I did ask for it extensively with emails and whatnot, and I was hoping they were going to do it,” Covington said of EPO testing.
“I was going to pay $25,000 to piss clean in a cup in New York, but he couldn’t do it. He just completely avoided the subject. I brought it up twice to him, and he just acted like he couldn’t even deny it. So I think it showed his reaction at the press conference – he’s obviously on steroids.”
The Full Card of UFC 245.
UFC 245 ESPN+ PPV Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington
145 lbs.: UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway vs. Alexander Volkanovski
135 lbs.: UFC Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie
135 lbs.: Jose Aldo vs. Marlon Moraes
135 lbs.: Urijah Faber vs. Petr Yan
UFC 245 ESPN2 ‘Prelims’ Card (8 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Mike Perry vs. Geoff Neal
135 lbs.: Irene Aldana vs. Ketlen Vieira
185 lbs.: Omari Akhmedov vs. Ian Heinisch
170 lbs.: Matt Brown vs. Ben Saunders
UFC 245 ESPN+/Fight Pass ‘Prelims’ Card (6:30 p.m. ET):
145 lbs.: Chase Hooper vs. Daniel Teymur
125 lbs.: Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Moreno
125 lbs.: Jessica Eye vs. Viviane Araujo
185 lbs.: Oskar Piechota vs. Punahele Soriano
Report: MMA Fighting