Covington Takes Credit For Win He Had No Part In
For the uninitiated, Colby Covington has been proclaiming his greatness since winning and then being stripped off the interim UFC welterweight championship in 2018.
Covington, who still carries the title, and for all intents and purposes may actually still be interim champion, has decided to take that to the next level, as he took credit for Jorge Masvidal’s history making knockout of Ben Askren at UFC 239.
“I well prepared him for this moment,” Covington told MMA Junkie of his longtime friendship/training relationship with Masvidal. “Without him training with me all of these years, he wouldn’t have gotten that win.”
“He’s now 0-2 in the UFC with two first-round knockout losses,” Covington said of Askren, who is actually 1-1 with a controversial submission win over Robbie Lawler at UFC 235. “He really needs to go back to Asia with all the other inferior products. But let’s be honest: (Phil) ‘CM Punk’ (Brooks) has spent more time in the UFC octagon and has two less KO losses than Askren.”
“We all found out that Askren didn’t belong,” Covington continued, as he prepares to return to face Lawler at the UFC’s return to Newark in August. “He’s overrated, which I knew. I’ve been saying that the whole time. He’s been buying clicks. He’s been buying followers. But let me tell you one thing: You can’t buy octagon wins.”
Covington, who has been campaigning for over a year for a shot at the undisputed welterweight title now held by Kamaru Usman, would have no qualms letting Masvidal pass him, with the potential of championship checks coming both their way.
“We knew that our paths were going to cross,” he said. “We knew that he was a little too big for lightweight, and he was going to have to come to welterweight. We just said, hey man, it’s just business. There’s no hard feelings. It’s nothing personal. It’s just we both want that championship paycheck.
“So we’ll cross that bridge when it comes, and now we’re closer than ever to that bridge being crossed. It’s not a big deal. It’s what we love to do. When we fight, it will just be purely business. We’ll finish our business, and we’ll go back to being best friends the next day.”
“I really do think the UFC’s going to let me handle this business with Marty first,” Covington said of Usman. “They’re going to let me throw him in the trash, and then we’re going to have this superfight with me and Jorge. That’s going to sell itself.
“If not, then whatever. I can fight whoever. But I’m going to defend my belt. I’m going to do what I do best, and that’s win. That’s why I’m the great American winning machine.”