Kamaru Usman dominated Tyron Woodley earlier this month at UFC 235 to win the welterweight title, and his first title defense already appears to be anticipated, intense and heated, and it’s not even official yet.
Usman is expected to defend his newly won title later this year against Colby Covington, the former interim welterweight champion and one of the most polarizing figures of the UFC. Covington’s surge through the ranks has been benefited by his support for president Donald Trump and some of his own remarks on other cultures.
Usman recently took the time to sit down with UFC color commentator Joe Rogan, appearing on an episode of the Joe Rogan Experience’s MMA Show, to discuss Covington and the vocal remarks he’s made for the better part of the last couple of years.
“Part of what this next fight symbolizes to me is the attitude that a lot of people have towards immigrants,” Usman said. “A lot of people forget that Americans are immigrants. People are forgetting that, to where people have this attitude, ‘We’re Americans, go back to your country. Go back. This is a free country.’ I always heard that growing up. I always heard that. The more I research it’s like, ‘What? What are you talking about’ This whole attitude.”
Usman says that attitude is all over Covington, as he claims Covington feels entitled to everything based on who he is and his attitudes and nature.
Covington claimed the interim 170-pound title at UFC 225 but wasn’t able to fight Woodley later in 2018 or early this year due to two different surgeries. Covington was stripped of the interim title and has previously gone on a tirade against the UFC and president Dana White for stripping him.
Covington has already gotten under Usman’s skin thanks to the former intruding an open workout and yelling at him through a megaphone. The day after UFC 235, a brawl nearly broke out at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada, with Usman and his manager nearly going after Covington. Covington didn’t press charges, stating he “didn’t want Usman deported back to Nigeria.”
“He’s entitled to, ‘I should be UFC champ, you’re a soy boy, you can’t handle me boy.’ That’s his attitude, ‘You can’t do this boy,'” Usman said. “First of all, who’s your boy? I’m a grown *** man. Don’t f****** talk to me like that. That’s the attitude he has. He’s entitled to this: ‘I should be the champion, I’m American.’ Bro, we’re all American here.
This fight is greater than just a guy who is talking s***. This fight means a lot to me. So when I get the chance to put my hands on this guy, just know that it’s the wrath of every immigrant in this country that I’m going to put on him.
Transcript via BJPenn.com