Colby Covington Implies Ben Askren Lost to Jake Paul on Purpose

Published 04/18/2021, 11:22 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)


UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington is known for his controversial takes and unnecessary shots at other fighters. However, even the most ardent hater would find it hard to disagree with this one. He shared his thoughts on the highly controversial Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren boxing match, which took place on Saturday.

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Covington uploaded a tweet on Twitter where he said that he thought the fight was fixed. His exact words were that it was a ‘work.’ However, Colby, being his usual vibrant self, changed the names of the fighters to something which he found more acceptable. “Snake Paul vs. A**cream was a work,” he captioned the tweet.

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Covington is almost always wrong in some way or manner under natural circumstances, but the way that the fight went called for a lot of suspicions. Paul knocked Askren out in the first round, within the first two minutes. The referee stopped the fight after Paul landed a knockdown on Jake.

Controversially, Askren seemed to be alright after he stood up, but the referee thought otherwise. The controversy reached some high fervor, and another referee had to come out to deny any potential fixing allegations. Popular combat sports referee, Mark Goddard, uploaded a tweet on Twitter saying that he saw nothing wrong with the fight and that the referee was right to stop the fight.

Well, the fight is over now, and Paul got the win regardless of the controversy. Askren still deserves all the respect for taking up the fight in retirement, and he’ll always be the better guy. Fans will wait to see who’s next in store for Jake Paul.

Colby Covington and his title fight against Kamaru Usman

The interim welterweight champion faced his biggest test yet when he fought the dominant champion, Kamaru Usman, for the belt. Usman was coming off a win over the former champion, Tyron Woodley, and this was going to be his first title defense.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria battles Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020, on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The fight lived up to the expectations of the fans. However, Usman was always one step ahead and finished the fight via knockout in the fifth round. To add insult to injury, he broke Colby’s jaw as well. Covington came back in his next fight to defeat Woodley and is now closer to a title shot again.

Do you think Colby Covington can defeat Kamaru Usman?

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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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