‘They Wanna See Me Die’- Colby Covington Sends a Message to the Fans Who Hate His Gimmick

Published 08/15/2021, 11:20 AM EDT
NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 03: Colby Covington celebrates his victory over Robbie Lawler in their welterweight bout 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)


Former UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington is one of the most polarizing stars in the history of UFC. The American displays a persona that has made people label him as a bad guy. In a sport where fighting skills decide the future of a fighter, he has created a different dimension for himself with a Skillset both in the ring and on the microphone.

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In a recent interview with Lara Trump of ‘The Right View’, ‘Chaos’ detailed what he feels about the fans who don’t like his persona. “I love the people that doubt on me, they hate on me,” Colby told Trump. “They start screaming awkward things at me. They wanna see me die, or this and that.”

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“It drives me to wanna prove them wrong and put it in their face. You have an opinion, but your opinion is not right, and it’s ok to have a different opinion than someone sometimes. But you don’t have to get on them for having a different opinion than you.”

According to Colby, there are many who play the nice guy gimmick and nobody stands apart from the other. “So it’s good to stand out and be a villain and be someone that’s different from the regular grain,” he said.

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Apart from fans, there are many in UFC who don’t really like Colby’s persona. He always speaks his mind on almost every other fighter, doesn’t matter if that fighter is facing him or not.

What’s next for Colby Covington?

Covington is preparing for his titular rematch against current champion Kamaru Usman. Both are scheduled for a fight in the main event of UFC 268 set to take place in November.

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They last featured in an instant classic fight at UFC 245, where Usman finished Colby via TKO in the fifth round. While Usman has looked unbeatable till now, that match was the closest anybody reached in dethroning him from the summit.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14: (R-L) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria butts heads with Colby Covington in their UFC welterweight championship bout during the UFC 245 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

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Covington is carrying a good momentum since their last fight. It will be interesting to see if he can dislodge ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ this time around.

What did you make of Covington’s comments on fans hating him?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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