“I Wasn’t Drinking Alcohol to Stay Dedicated” – Colby Covington Delivers Heart Touching Advise to a Young Fighter

Published 07/21/2020, 7:34 AM EDT
Colby Covington


Colby Covington might be a brilliant trash talker at his peak in the UFC. But there’s still no denying that he is an equally skilled welterweight contender in the promotion.

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Colby boasts a sensational pro-MMA record of 15-2 and is already a global superstar. Much of this is thanks to his charismatic nature, which many consider brash. Even so, ‘Chaos’ has seemingly managed to cement his persona as one of the best entertainers of the MMA community.

Colby Covington has never hesitated in denouncing his rivals on public platforms. Even if he is on the losing side, Colby maintains his stance on social media. He was unsuccessful in his attempt at claiming the UFC welterweight strap against Kamaru Usman at UFC 245. Despite that, he has frequently humiliated the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ in several interviews.

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However, it might shock a lot of you to know that Covington has often publicly broken his brashy persona. He once showed his humble side to a young fan and gave him some valuable advice regarding MMA.

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Colby Covington breaks character to advise a young fan

Fight Club posted a video on Twitter where ‘Chaos’ is seen interacting with a young boy. Colby Covington is spotted talking about his personal life experiences with the kid, who claims to be an up-and-coming MMA fighter.

Rare Colby Covington breaks character to give a fan advice. pic.twitter.com/qmRYy3Jv0Z

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While most of us know Colby to be an over-the-top guy, his humble nature appeared to have had the kid mesmerized. The aspiring MMA fighter asked the American celebrity for some advice to which Colby said that one needs to devote their lives solely to attaining greatness in the sport.

“You gotta commit your whole life to it, you gotta make sacrifices daily, you know? To be the fighter, you know?”

“You gotta train twice a day. You have to put in more work. Guys party around on the weekends, I was at the gym, I was waking up early. I wasn’t drinking alcohol to stay dedicated. So I say the biggest thing in my mentality is just to stay focussed. More of mind than body. You can convince your mind.

“If you put the actual work to do whatever it takes. You work on the boxing, you work on the Jiu-Jitsu, and you find a way. Find a way, even if there’s not a conventional way, find a way around. Find a shortcut, find the way to get it done. You just believe in yourself,” said Covington.

‘Chaos’ vs ‘The Chosen One’ on the way?

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According to reports, Colby is set to square off against Tyron Woodley on August 22. But the fight is not yet official. While speaking with MMA Junkie, Covington revealed that Woodley has been ducking him for the fight like always. However, Colby seemed fine with August 22.

Although the bout is still hanging in the air, Colby is ready to postpone his return for Tyron Woodley. ‘The Chaos’ stated that he would hunt down Woodley till September, if ‘The Chosen One’ hesitates to fight in August.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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