“You Spit in All Their Faces” – Kamaru Usman Says Colby Covington Disrespected His Old Team

Published 11/04/2021, 11:42 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 16: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman interacts with the media during the UFC 246 Ultimate Media Day at UFC APEX on January 16, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Kamaru Usman is preparing to battle his rival Colby Covington at UFC 268. The two men will be locked inside the octagon for the rematch of their UFC 245 fight.

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The UFC welterweight champion stopped Covington in the fifth round via TKO and made his first title defense. The title bout was Colby’s final one as part of the American Top Team. In the buildup to the rematch, Covington has been ripping into his old team.

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ opined that he should thank his former team and not come out and berate them. He said, “It was my camp. I had a horrible time in my camp…You should be thankful, you should be thankful that you got the opportunity.”

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“Dan Lambert created an atmosphere, took you out of college, and paid for you to go out there and train and embark on this career. You spit in all their faces when you say certain things like that,” he added.

Covington has been constantly blaming his coaching for the loss against Usman in the first fight.

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‘Chaos’ believes the world will see Colby Covington 2.0 at UFC 268

Since his loss at UFC 245, ‘Chaos‘ only fought once. This fight saw Covington battle Tyron Woodley under the tutelage of MMA Masters. The former UFC interim welterweight champion believes that bad coaching led to his loss against Usman in the first fight.

He said, “I made a change. Last time I fought him, I was at a gym that didn’t care about me. The coaches didn’t want to see my growth as a fighter. They didn’t want to help me out get better, they just wanted me to fall in the crowd, train with the team. They didn’t want to individualize my training, which is what I needed. So, I made a change. I left that old gym that I was at last time I fought him.”

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“Now I have new coaches. We’ve literally been game-planning every single day for just this match against Usman. We haven’t been focusing on anybody else. We’ve just been focusing on our strategy for this rematch and making the adjustments that I needed to make from the first fight… I promise you Saturday night, you’re going to see a new Colby Covington 2.0.” 

The fight at UFC 268 will be a banger, as there is genuine dislike between the two men. Their first fight was one of the greatest title fights in recent memory. Hence, this one is also slated to be exciting.

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Do you think Kamaru is right in saying this? How do you see the fight playing out? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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