UFC Welterweight Colby Covington Reveals How His Friendship with Donald Trump Started

Published 08/02/2021, 10:45 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)


In a recent interview appearance, UFC Welterweight, Colby Covington reflected on his friendship with Donald Trump. Revisiting the time he got a call from the President after his victory over Tyron Woodley, Covington referred to it as a ‘career defining moment’.

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Colby Covington has been an outright Trump supporter from the start and has enjoyed a cordial relationship with the family ever since his visit to the White House in 2018. This was after his unanimous decision win against Rafael dos Anjos for the Interim Welterweight belt at UFC 225. The 33-year-old shared photos of himself alongside Trump with the UFC belt on the President’s shoulder.

The following year, both Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr were special guests on a card with Covington in the main event against Robbie Lawler.

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However, as the former interim Welterweight champion recently said, perhaps the biggest highlight of his fighting career was receiving a ‘spontaneous’ call from President Donald Trump in the middle of his post-fight interview after stopping Tyron Woodley late in the fifth round.  

“Yeah, it was surreal. It was my career-defining moment, you know. To have someone I admire so much, who’s a hero to me and my idol. To have me call and celebrate and saying how big of a fan he is of me like dude, you’re my idol, I’m a big fan of you”

Colby Covington has done a great job of marketing himself and using these major opportunities to further his career and brand in the UFC. Despite not fighting for almost an entire year, he has managed to stay relevant in the headlines and now finds himself getting ready for his second title shot against Kamaru Usman at UFC 268

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria enters the octagon during the UFC 245 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Dubbed by UFC president Dana White as one of his ‘favorite fights of all time’, the first bout between these two elite Welterweights took place almost two years ago. Both Covington and Kamaru put on an incredible fight with Usman picking up a late TKO victory in the fifth round.

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Since then, Kamaru Usman has defended his belt another three times, twice against Colby’s former teammate, Jorge Masvidal, and once against Brazilian phenom, Gilbert Burns. On the other hand, Covington picked up a dominant win over Tyron Woodley last year, stopping the former Champ late in the fifth round.

Both fighters have clearly made several improvements and adjustments ever since their first meeting back in 2019. While Usman has sharpened his striking tools by teaming up with Trevor Wittman, Covington has changed camps to work with MMA masters out of Miami following a series of public spats with his teammates at American Top Team.

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Needless to say, one can expect both Covington and Usman to put on another breathtaking performance for the fans come November 6. Will Colby’s high volume output and relentless pace be enough to overwhelm the Champion? Or are we in for another domination on the Champion’s part? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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