Covington Interested In Usman Rematch, A Clash With Masvidal
A man looking to get back the attention that helped make him famous, Colby Covington has a short list of fighters he wants to face.
Speaking with ESPN”s Brett Okamoto, Covington (15-2) discussed the idea of how he would come back. The former interim UFC Welterweight Champion was last seen losing to Kamaru Usman at UFC 245 in December. In a back and forth affair, Usman hit Covington with a shot that looked like it broke his jaw. The fight ended via TKO in the fifth round. He believes the referee in charge, Marc Goddard, made a bad call that affected his career in a major way.
“I would say [Goddard’s officiating cost me] between $10 million to $20 million, easy,” said Covington. “I want a fair shake at a world title fight. I didn’t get a fair shake. I have such a bad taste in my mouth from that last fight. That’s my entire dream since I was 5, I set out to be the best in the world. All I want is a fair shake, is that too much to ask? I have to be able to overcome corruption, overcome the bad calls, and that’s what I’m doing every day. Working to ensure that.”
Covington was on a seven-fight win streak before the loss. Since the fight, Covington has entertained the idea of fighting former champion, Tyron Woodley. There were talks of the two fighting via social media banter. Recently, Woodley has been linked to a bout with Gilbert Burns. As a result, Covington is moving on. He is hoping to face the champion once again.
If he can’t get Usman, who last fought against Covington before injuring himself, Covington wants to face Jorge Masvidal. The current BMF Champion last fought in November, beating Nate Diaz via TKO. Masvidal and Usman have been rumored for a summer bout ever since they clashed with one another during Super Bowl media day.
“I know Woodley was refusing to fight me, and I guess he’s looking for an easier fight with some guy named ‘Dilbert.’… He’s gonna move on, so now it only makes sense I want my rematch with ‘Marty Fakenewsman’ or a fight with ‘Street Judas’ Masvidal,” Covington went on to say, via MMA Junkie. “I mean, there’s no other two choices to make right now for me than those two fights, and if I don’t get those fights then I’ll just keep waiting, keep training.”
Looking to prove he is more than just the gimmick he portrays, Covington is ready to cause chaos in the UFC’s welterweight division again.