“Colby Should Be Thanking Me”-UFC Analyst Ariel Helwani Says Colby Covington Has a Beef With Him

Published 08/19/2021, 7:04 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 is all set for his rematch against the reigning welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman. Although the first meeting between the two ended with a knockout win for the champion, one cannot deny how close the UFC 245 fight was until the ending sequence.  

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Nevertheless, many analysts and experts, including MMA reporter Ariel Helwani, have been critical of the UFC’s decision to give Covington a second shot at the title after a single win against a deteriorating Tyron Woodley.

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As expected, Covington went onto discredit Helwani’s opinion. In an appearance on Submission Radio, ‘Chaos’ took a few personal shots at the longtime reporter for being unfair in his assessment for the next title contender.  

In his latest appearance on THE MMA Hour, Ariel Helwani shed some light on this one-sided beef Covington seems to have with him. He clarified that he has always tried his best to give the former interim champ a fair shake throughout the years. 

“This is the funny thing about Colby. I think he went on Submission Radio and was talking all kinds of junk about me. If you knew the battles that I had to fight on behalf of Colby Covington to talk to him, quite frankly, to shine a positive light on him with the marines and do pieces on him in my previous life. Colby should be thanking me, honestly, not disparaging me. All of a sudden, Colby doesn’t like me anymore, I don’t know why; I don’t know what’s going on there.”    
According to Helwani, the UFC should have offered Leon Edwards (who is on a 9 fight winning run) the title shot.

Can Colby Covington become the UFC welterweight champion?  

The former interim welterweight champion, Colby Covington, is undeniably one of the most decorated welterweights in the division. Known for his cardio, Covington’s pace and volume striking make him a tough night out for anyone in the top five.  

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Furthermore, Covington is one of the few fighters to have had Usman on the back foot ever since ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ became champion.

Luckily, ‘Chaos’ Covington now has another opportunity to become the welterweight champion at UFC 268. Should he get the win over Usman, one can imagine the 33-year-old reigning over the division with an iron fist in the future.

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What do you think? Can Colby Covington become the UFC’s welterweight champion? Let us know in the comments.

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David Andrew

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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

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