“He’s not a Southpaw”- Coach Reveals a Shocking Stat about Colby Covington

Published 09/16/2020, 11:54 PM EDT


Colby Covington departed from American Top Team earlier in the summer after tensions with his teammates reached a boiling point. Consequently, the fighter moved to MMA Kings gym ahead of his return to the UFC. Seemingly, this decision seems to have helped him unlock a weapon in his arsenal. His suggested improvement could pay massive dividends against Tyron Woodley at UFC Fight Night: Covington vs Woodley on September 19. 

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Chaos‘ Covington’s new coach Cesar Carneiro said, “He’s not a southpaw, and we found that out. He is right-handed, and in wrestling, he puts his right leg in front to knock it down.”

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The news comes as a shocker to MMA fans, who labeled the #2 ranked welterweight as a southpaw. Despite fighting left-handed, Covington achieved relative success and beat the who’s who of the division. However, he never claimed KO wins, which may change in his upcoming fights. 

Carneiro said, “In training, we saw that he never felt comfortable making the right, so he didn’t knock anyone out. But now it has changed and everyone will see it.”

The change could be decisive against Tyron Woodley, who has proven KO power and has knocked out the likes of Robbie Lawler. He will no doubt attempt to do the same against his bitter enemy, Colby Covington. 

However, ‘Chaos’ has a strong wrestling background and an insanely well-honed cardio game to throw any fighter off. Now, he too can end the fight with one-punch if he sees the opportunity to do so. This is because his coach feels he will be comfortable in making a right hand. 

Colby Covington maintains silence ahead of the fight

Tyron Woodley has been the vocal fighter in recent weeks. He promised to go low at the risk of incurring a penalty and even vowed to beat ‘Chaos’ to the point where he has to be stretchered out. 

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Meanwhile, Covington continues to maintain an uncharacteristic silence. Fans could attribute this to the former UFC interim welterweight champion honing his newly found KO power and working towards post-fight bragging rights. The freedom in making a right hand could help him back his strong words from earlier in the year. 

Covington claimed ‘The Chosen One’ was washed up and nothing but a dominant win would be a testament to his statement. 

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Do you see Colby Covington unleashing his right hand and attempting to claim a first clean KO win at the UFC Apex? 

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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