On Sunday morning, chaos erupted in a Las Vegas Hotel lobby, as UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington’s teams nearly got into a brawl.
The two men are set to face off for Usman’s newly won title at some-point in the future, and nearly came to blows after Usman’s unanimous decision win over Tyron Woodley at UFC 235 on Saturday night. Yet, the two sides would see each other the floor of a casino, and begin to slapbox.
According to Covington, who attended UFC 235 in his Make America Great Again hat and UFC interim welterweight title, which he won in 2018, Usman’s manager threatened to murder him.
“You know what else he told me Ariel? He told me he’s gonna track me down, he’s gonna shoot me and kill me,” Covington told The Ariel Helwani MMA Show about Usman’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz. “I didn’t even throw a punch this weekend and I stole all the headlines.”
The comments alleged by Covington have not been substantiated, but would not be the first time that Abdelaziz has landed in controversy.
In 2018, Abdelaziz, who represents Khabib Nurmagomedov, would be the focus of Conor McGregor’s taunts in the lead up to UFC 229, with McGregor calling Abdelaziz a “Terrorist Rat,” due to rumors he was associated in a federal sting of a Muslim organization in Virginia, as well as bringing up Abdelaziz’s son, due to alleged child support issues.