“Because of Who I Supported as the President”- Colby Covington Explains Why UFC Fans Turned Against Him

Published 10/19/2021, 6:20 AM EDT
NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 03: Colby Covington is interviewed after 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)


Colby Covington is one of the most controversial fighters in the UFC. The self-proclaimed super-villain of the UFC thinks he is the most hated man in the promotion as well.

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‘Chaos’, the #1 ranked welterweight in the UFC, is preparing for his rematch against the welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman. Both fighters last fought at UFC 245, in what went down as the ‘Fight of the Night’. Many believe it was the toughest challenge of Usman’s career.

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After UFC 245, ‘Chaos‘ didn’t immediately talk to the media. According to him, he wanted to see how the media was going to talk about the fight.

In a recent interview, Colby said, “Going into the fight, a lot of people already had a biased opinion against me because of who I supported as the president of our country. They were labeling me certain labels when they knew nothing about me. They only know what I decide to show them. They don’t know the real me and the real person I am. I kind of wanted to sit back and reflect… I wanted to see how the media was going to spin it.”

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“The funniest thing I saw was all the MMA media saying I got finished, and it wasn’t even competitive. It showed me the true colors of the MMA media and that they don’t know how to report impartial journalism,” he added

Colby Covington – The persona and the hate

Colby Covington is arguably the biggest ‘heel’ in the UFC. Many people have come out and said that they don’t like him but respect his skills. But how did the hate start?

‘Chaos’ made his pro-MMA debut in 2012, and after just five fights, the UFC signed him in 2014. The start of his UFC career was great, and he won his first three fights. After being handed his first loss at UFC 194, he again went on a winning streak. After being 8-1 in the UFC, Colby was told by the promotion that they wouldn’t be resigning him after his next fight, no matter the outcome. That is when the change in persona came to him.

After his win against Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 119, he went on a rant in the post-fight interview. Covington said, “I should’ve knocked him out. Brazil, you’re a dump. All you filthy animals suck.”

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This was the exact time when Covington found his persona and kept working with it. His newfound persona got him a new contract and an interim welterweight title fight against Rafael dos Anjos.

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The former interim welterweight champion will next enter the octagon to challenge for the title. UFC booked his rematch against Kamaru Usman for UFC 268, and to everyone’s surprise, Colby has stayed away from saying anything. The buildup to their previous fight was different, as the hate between the two was there for everyone to see. But this around, both men are taking a different approach to the fight.

Do you think the hate towards Colby is justified? Let us know your thoughts!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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