VIDEO: Colby Covington Makes a Cameo Appearance at UFC 261

Published 04/24/2021, 10:18 PM EDT


The UFC welterweight division will be on display in the main event of UFC 261, with Jorge Masvidal challenging the champion, Kamaru Usman, for the belt. The winner of this fight will have bragging rights over the other fighter to go with the belt. However, they’ll have their next opponent as well in Colby Covington.

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The swashbuckling American, Colby ‘The People’s Champ’ Covington, is going to be in attendance at UFC 261. He is most likely to fight for the belt after the title fight is over. Hence, he will look to scout the opposition.

In a video uploaded by Spinnin Backfist on their Twitter account, Covington was seen walking when he stopped to say hi to a reporter recording him. He added, “The real champ is in the building, baby.

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That was really characteristic of the fighter, as he has an entire heel gimmick based around him being the champion of the world.

However, it’s not for lack of trying, as he had fought Usman at UFC 245 in 2019. The fight was incredible and easily Usman’s hardest fight to date. Unfortunately, Usman got the win when he knocked Covington down and broke his jaw. Since then, the American has fought only once, while ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has defended his belt twice.

Usman’s third defense will be his most anticipated one, as he will fight ‘Gamebred’ in front of fans.

Masvidal has had a full camp. Hence, he will now have a fair chance in this fight. The BMF took the first fight on brief notice, and hence, fans used that as an excuse for his performance.

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Covington’s second-last fight was particularly harmful to him as he got knocked out. It snapped his seven-fight win streak. However, he bounced back to defeat Tyron Woodley in September 2020 and re-established himself as the clear contender for the welterweight belt.

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)

‘Chaos’ is determined to have the undisputed belt wrapped around his waist, and no matter who he fights, it will be an amazing fight with an amazing build-up.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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