UFC Newark: Covington Wants Title Shot In-Writing
On Saturday night, Colby Covington returns to the Octagon with a near-guaranteed title shot in the balance, as he faces former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.
Covington, who won the interim lightweight title in 2018, has not fought in over a year and was stripped of the title later in 2018 when then undisputed champion Tyron Woodley defeated Darren Till.
Last week at UFC 240, UFC President Dana White confirmed that if Covington can defeat Lawler, the American Top Team fighter is next in line to face current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
While Covington appreciates the assurances, he’d prefer White put pen to paper on his promises.
“I want to see something in writing,” Covington told MMAJunkie this week. “It’s not nice to hear (White say that), because nothing’s guaranteed in this sport, and we all know that,” Covington said. “I’m not going to believe anything until I’m locked in that cage with somebody.
“Until then, we know what’s happened. I’ve been down this road before. I’ve been promised many times. I’m all about promises made, promises kept. But I can’t say the same for everyone else in this business.”
“It is what it is,” Covington said of fighters like Till and Usman jumping ahead of him. “Business goes on. You can’t get frustrated or emotional about this, and that’s the best thing about what I bring to the table. I don’t bring emotions to the table. I don’t have feelings. I don’t care what people think of me.
“I’m going to keep proving and showing my worth to this company, and this whole sport of MMA, that I’m the biggest draw, and people want to see me fight.”
UFC on ESPN 5 Main Card (3 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler
155 lbs.: Jim Miller vs. Clay Guida
155 lbs.: Joaquim Silva vs. Nasrat Haqparast
185 lbs.: Trevin Giles vs. Gerald Meerschaert
155 lbs.: Scott Holtzman vs. Dong Hyun Ma
205 lbs.: Darko Stosic vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu
UFC on ESPN 5 Prelims Card (12 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Mickey Gall vs. Saleem Touahri
125 lbs.: Antonina Shevchenko vs. Lucie Pudilova
125 lbs.: Jordan Espinosa vs. Matt Schnell
125 lbs.: Lauren Murphy vs. Mara Romero Borella
170 lbs.: Claudio Silva vs. Cole Williams
125 lbs.: Hannah Goldy vs. Miranda Granger