Covington Confronts Dana at Casino Table
After crashing Kamaru Usman’s open workout on Feb. 28, Colby Covington sought out UFC President Dana White for a reason as to why he was snubbed for a title shot.
Covington won the interim welterweight title back at UFC 225 in June but was unable to compete in an undisputed title fight with champion Tyron Woodley — first due to nasal surgery and then a thumb injury. Woodley instead faced Darren Till at UFC 228 in September and will face Usman Saturday at UFC 235.
Covington went live on his Instagram page while at The Palms in Las Vegas, where he came across the UFC president playing blackjack at a table. White appeared surprised to see Covington, and that quickly turned to anger when he realized Covington was recording.
Here is Colby Covington looking for (and finding!) Dana White, who was gambling at the Palms, to confront him about why he is not fighting for the title at #UFC235 this weekend. pic.twitter.com/ej98P2hvXz
— Matthew Wells (@MrMWellsArt) March 1, 2019
In a later interview with SiriusXM, Covington shared his experience with White off-camera. He blamed him getting passed up for a title opportunity on White, Woodley and the UFC’s medical staff.
— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) March 1, 2019
White would later respond to Covington’s remarks at the UFC 236 press conference, claiming Covington is at fault for passing up two opportunities at the title, but said their discussion at the casino wasn’t as bad as the video may have made it seem.
“He was offered the fight, he didn’t take the fight. And he can come up with a million excuses why he didn’t. He didn’t take the fight,” White said. “He’s the interim champ, you were next in line for Tyron Woodley, we offered you the fight in Dallas, somewhere in Texas, he didn’t take the fight and that’s that.
“Everybody thinks I hate this kid I don’t hate this kid. Even after last night, I don’t hate the kid. And last night wasn’t as bad as it looked on video. It looked like it was whatever, but we were cool and we talked last night, and, you know, face to face he gets it. He knows he didn’t take the fight, so he didn’t get the fight.”
Original Story: MMAJunkie