Usman Claps Back At Colby Over PED Claims
Kamaru Usman knew that facing Colby Covington meant that he’d have to deal with the former interim champions’ verbal jabs. What Usman did not expect was a knock on his former trainer the late Glenn Robinson, who passed away in 2018.
“The man has passed away and passed on,” Usman said when asked about Covington’s comments on Robinson to MMA Fighting. “What more do you stand to gain from continuing to try and degrade his name. That’s kind of a line you don’t cross.
“You let dead men sleep. Unfortunately, he hasn’t learned that lesson.”
On top of that Covington has also thrown accusations that Usman is a user of EPO, which Usman not only denies taking, but denies even knowing what it was before Covington mentioned it.
“He kept saying that, and I’m like what is that?” Usman said. “I didn’t know what that was, and then somebody explained to me what it was. I haven’t changed since the first moment I came to the UFC. I haven’t changed from my first professional fight to my last fight.
“I look the exact same because I put in the exact same amount of work each and every time. The only thing that changes are my skills, and that comes with the time spent honing my craft.”
“I understand why he’s doing it because he wants something to talk about to try and ruin someone’s name or identity or whatnot,” Usman said of Covington who headlines UFC 245 with him on December 14th in Las Vegas. “None of that is going to matter. At the end of the day, god willing, he steps into that cage, and when we hit each other for the first time, he’s going to understand that it’s different.”
“That’s the M.O. of the sport, that’s kind of where we’re at in the sport nowadays,” Usman said. “To where it’s just, ‘I need attention however I can get it,’ so that’s what guys care about now. I just need attention where I can get it, so I don’t care about how I get it. The way they see it is, ‘I’d rather have a bad name than no name.’
“Something like that, it’s hard in a sense. But the competitor in me has to understand and detach and just wait for my moment to be able to teach him the lesson he should learn.”
“I will give him props, I don’t think in the history of the sport—it’s almost like the history of combat sports period—I don’t think there’s ever been a guy universally hated this bad,” Usman said of Covington. “In the last couple of months, I’ve been in maybe five or six different countries, and I can’t tell you how many people would come up to me and say ‘I can’t wait for you to kill this guy.’ It’s overwhelming with an alarming amount.
“He’s done something right, because to be hated by the world, that’s tough to do.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting