Covington Looks To Sue UFC
After being passed over for a UFC welterweight title shot, Colby Covington has looked towards suing the UFC for passing him over.
“We may have to go to court, and this may be a lawsuit, because let’s be honest: If [Tom] Brady wins the AFC championship and all of a sudden Roger Goodell says, ‘You’re not going to the Super Bowl because we don’t like you’ – no, that’s not how it works,” Covington told MMAJunkie. “This is business and just because you don’t like someone, that’s not a big deal. This is business and they’re gonna have to get over the fact that they don’t like me and they’re gonna have to play ball and do business with me.”
Covington was last seen in the Octagon at UFC 225, where he would take the interim welterweight title from Rafael dos Anjos, but would be stripped of the title after undergoing nasal surgery instead of facing Tyron Woodley at UFC 228. With Darren Till taking that spot in Dallas, and now Kamaru Usman facing Tyron Woodley at UFC 235, Covington does not understand why he has to fight anyone else but the champion net.
“If the UFC wants to be a circus and be a corrupt business and go about their business, then that’s their problem,” Covington said. “I’m standing up for what I believe in. I’m not backing down. I don’t care what Uncle Fester has to say. I’m the No. 1 ranked fighter in the world. Go look it up on the UFC website. I had a belt wrapped around my waist by Uncle Fester. I was the only fighter to go the White House. That’s never happened. What else do you have to do? What’s the criteria to get a title shot these days?”
“[Other fights] are possibilities but they want me to go backwards and fight for a fifth of the paycheck they promised me,” Covington said. “That ain’t happening. I’m not fighting for a fifth of the paycheck that I was promised and that I’m owed and guaranteed and earned. They’re not gonna get anything less out of me. I’ll sit on the shelf all day. We’ll go to court. I’ll make it a living hell for the UFC. I don’t give a sh*t. They’re already trying to make my life a living hell. The business they’re trying to do right now is ridiculous. It doesn’t make sense.”
“They know I am the biggest draw in the welterweight division and soon to be the biggest draw in the sport. They can’t stop my progression and my growth. I’m getting better every day. I’m 30 years young. Every time I step in the gym at American Top Team I’m getting better, I grow, I mature every single day. You haven’t seen the best of me yet, and they can’t keep me down. They can delay me, but they cannot deny me.”