“I Have Been Very Impressed”- Chael Sonnen Says Colby Covington Is Finally Showing His True Colors

Published 10/26/2021, 12:34 AM EDT
NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 03: Colby Covington is introduced prior to his welterweight bout against Robbie Lawler during the UFC Fight Night event at the Prudential Center on August 3, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Colby Covington has wanted nothing but a rematch against Kamaru Usman since their first encounter at UFC 245. ‘Chaos’ has stated multiple times that his performance in the first fight was overshadowed by the ‘fake stoppages’ that helped Usman secure a stoppage win later on. 

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Almost two years on from the first fight, Covington now has his second shot at the title and a chance to avenge his loss against Kamaru Usman. In a recent interview, Chael Sonnen shared his thoughts on everything he had seen from Covington leading up to the rematch.

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He said, “I have been very impressed. I mean, even in that interview where he was attempting to appear to be removing the fourth wall, letting you peek behind the curtain, he wasn’t. The great performer was staying in character…. And there is part of that when you’re playing that. When you’re looking for attention, when you know I am in the attention-seeking business. I have got a chip on my shoulder, I legitimately have put in the work….. In all fairness, he is out there performing. He says he is being himself he turned it up to 11. Of the pie that’s a little bit of a piece of it.”

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Sonnen continued, “He went out and created this. He created something that is of interest. And yes, he is hated, and he is one of the few guys that does not mind it that. He realizes that if he wants to be loved, that end of the pool is a bit crowded. And if I go down here, and every story needs a villain, I can be the biggest draw with the black hat on.”

Make or break for Colby Covington at UFC 268

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Kamaru Usman has slowly established himself as one of the best welterweight champions the UFC has ever seen. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ will put his belt on the line for the fifth time against Covington in a rematch. 

The first match ended with a stoppage win for Usman. For Covington, a loss would mean this will be his last shot at the title as long as Usman is the champion. Few fighters in the UFC have been given a third title shot after going 0-2 against the champion. Therefore, fans can expect the best version of Covington at UFC 268 as there is a lot on the line for ‘Chaos’. 

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What do you make of Chael Sonnen’s views on the new Colby Covington ahead of UFC 268?

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is a senior UFC author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA desk, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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