“You Can’t Just Force Us”- Colby Covington Furious at Madison Square Garden Restrictions for Kamaru Usman Fight

Published 09/11/2021, 1:20 PM EDT
NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 03: Colby Covington celebrates 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)


Former UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington will face welterweight champion Kamaru Usman for the title at UFC 268. The last time the two welterweight fighters battled inside the octagon, Usman gained the upper hand. Colby is well known in the UFC for his trash talking and lives up to his moniker, ‘Chaos.’

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Covington went on a winning streak in the UFC after losing to Warlley Alves. He won seven times in a row, defeating prominent UFC superstars such as Robbie Lawler and Damien Maia. However, Kamaru Usman ended Colby’s unbeaten streak on UFC 245 and stripped him of his title as well.

Colby Covington recently appeared in an interview with “The First,” in which he discussed his meeting with Trump, his next fight, and much more. Colby is well-known for being a staunch Trump supporter and a patriotic American.

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Colby Covington on his upcoming fight

The #1 welterweight contender will fight reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 268 on November 6, 2021, with Usman’s belt on the line. This will be a rematch of their first Welterweight title fight. There, “the Nigerian Nightmare” won by TKO in the fifth round at UFC 245.

Kamaru has defended the championship three times since then, while Covington bounced back with a TKO win of Tyron Woodley on September 19, 2020.

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The event was supposed to take place in New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden. Mayor Bill de Blasio has now made it obligatory for people to get vaccinated before entering social gathering areas. However, the mayor’s actions did not appear to please Covington. “We believe it’s our body, it’s our choice.” You can’t just force us to do something, you know,” the fighter said on the mandatory vaccine. He also claims, “It just doesn’t make sense.”

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Originally slated to take place at Madison Square Garden, the entire card could shift because of current COVID-19 regulations in New York City. UFC could move the fight to “a more free” state like Florida or Texas, Covington told the interviewer.

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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 to the game.

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