Covington Discusses Usman Casino Fight
Hours after being confirmed as the first man to challenge Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight title, Colby Covington would get into a shoving match with Usman and his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, at the buffet of the Palms Casino.
On Monday, the former interim welterweight champion would give his side of the story to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. levying the blame on Usman and Abdelaziz.
“I was staying over at the dump, the Palms, and I’m waiting in the buffet line,” Covington detailed. “I’m just trying to get some crab legs. Can’t the man get some crab legs? Can the man, the champ, get some crab legs in peace? All of a sudden low-energy Marty comes, that terrorist rat Ali comes and some other Sasquatch and they start pushing and swinging and start putting innocent kids’ lives in danger and a pregnant lady. There’s a pregnant lady, and she’s screaming, ‘I’m pregnant, stop this!’ and Ali is still pushing, trying to make a scene, Usman is still trying to scream at me, ‘I’m going to get you!’ and his little Sasquatch is throwing punches at my friend and trying to punch me. It’s a complete joke. I can’t believe that they allow that in Vegas. Just a bunch of filthy animals.
“. . . Ali tried to swing at me, but I’ve got cat-like reflexes, so obviously he’s not going to hit me. He’s slow as a f*cking turtle. . . You’ve got Ali acting like he’s a fighter and I’m like, ‘Chill out, dude, you’re not even a fighter. Maybe you’re 1-15 as a fighter but you’re not a real fighter.’ Marty should be on his little victory tour of winning his number one contendership fight but he’s getting all hostile.”
Per video accounts of the incident, Covington’s statements are backed up, with Usman and Abdelaziz acting as the aggressors, while Covington attempted to maintain some distance.
“I heard that no one got in trouble,” Covington said of the incident’s fallout. “I know that the Ferttitas own the Palms so I think they gave that terrorist rat a pass. They didn’t want to hurt Marty Usman’s chances by deporting him back to Nigeria before he gets his ass whooped by me.
“. . .They banned me from the Palms property for doing absolutely nothing. Just sitting there saying, ‘Hey man, we’re professionals. I’m going to beat your ass in the cage man. I’m not going to press charges on you because the real f—ing punishment for you is that beating you’re going to get when we’re in that octagon. I don’t want your ass deported back to Nigeria.’”
Covington would shoot holes in Usman’s victory, claiming that Woodley was his “sloppy seconds.”
“[Tyron Woodley] was so busy worrying about that album ‘Chaos Theory’ – he was busy trying to make some rap album about me – he didn’t even want to fight,” Covington said. “He’s cashed out. He just showed up to those Pay-Per-View points off Jon Jones. Tyron Woodley was a shell of former himself and that wasn’t a legitimate win. That was another win for Usman that he did something after I already did it. I already beat Woodley’s ass many years ago. I already beat Maia’s ass, I already beat RDA’s ass. He keeps doing all these things after I’ve already done them. . .
Initial Report: MMA Fighting