“The People That Are Doing the The Stats Over at the UFC Should Be Ashamed of Themselves“- Colby Covington

Published 11/28/2021, 10:42 AM EST
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 undoubtedly one of the most popular MMA fighters in the world right now. The fact that he’s ranked first in the UFC’s welterweight division just adds to the argument. As of November 2021, his professional fighting record stands at 16 wins and 3 losses. 

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Prior to his illustrious career as a mixed martial artist, Covington was an impeccable wrestler and held an NCAA record of 7 wins and 4 losses. 

Out of the 3 losses that Covington has incurred in his career, two of them have been against Kamaru Usman. Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman have been bitter enemies ever since the buildup to their first bout at UFC 245.

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Usman beat Covington at UFC 245, following a fifth-round knockout. Until the last round, the fight was extremely close and could’ve ended either way. Covington claimed that the referee judged the knockout wrongly, and stopped the fight even though he could’ve still continued. After his loss, he dubbed the UFC officials and Usman as cheaters. 

 

Their second fight went down at UFC 268. Usman won the fight via a unanimous decision. After his second loss, ‘Chaos’ is back to blaming the officials for cheating. Covington believes that he secured a takedown in the third round, but the officials denied this.

He recently shared his thoughts on the same in an interview with MMANews. 

“I have better striking than him, and I definitely take it took him down. The people that are doing the stats over at the UFC should be ashamed of themselves,” said Covington.

“There’s no one more knowledgeable than Daniel Cormier, you know, and he said it himself… I should have had two takedowns, you know. That’s even with Marty grabbing the cage and looking for any way to cheat. You know, poke me in the eyes. So you know that record needs to go off. It’s fake news,” he added. 

Did Colby Covington land a successful takedown against Kamaru Usman?

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Most fans believe Covington successfully landed a takedown during the third round of the fight. Colby had Usman in a hold. He grabbed him from behind before tripping him and forcing him to go to the canvas, down on all fours.

Usman got back up, but Covington pushed back and put him on all fours once again. Many fans believed that was a takedown for Covington.

Mixed Martial Arts: UFC 268 Welterweight Title Bout: Closeup of Colby Covington during fight vs Kamaru Usman at Madison Square Garden. New York, NY 11/6/2021 CREDIT: Erick W. Rasco (Photo by Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images) (Set Number: X163858 TK1)

However, the UFC officials denied this. They claimed, “MMA takedowns require a fighter to attain a controlling ground position and Covington did not. This differs compared to how takedowns are scored in wrestling matches.” 

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Do you think Covington landed a takedown at UFC 268? Let us know in the comments below.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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