Occupational Hazard

Colby Covington talked the talk, and then he walked the walk. After more than a year of trolling Rafael dos Anjos on social media and campaigning for a title shot of one variety or another, “Chaos” earned a unanimous decision over the former lightweight champion and the interim welterweight strap at UFC 225. The victory sets him up for a unification bout opposite Tyron Woodley sometime later this year, conceivably on the Madison Square Garden card planned for November.

With the dos Anjos win behind him, Covington wasted little time basking in his achievement. Not wishing to be defined by his dynamic performance inside the cage — he mixed takedowns with improved kickboxing chops and a more reliable gas tank than many expected — the American Top Team rep quickly sought instead to court more controversy, proclaiming his intention to present President Trump with the championship “like a real American should do.” In the post-fight press conference, Covington doubled down on this sentiment, repeatedly throwing shade at the Philadelphia Eagles, whose invitation to celebrate the NFL championship at the White House was rescinded after a majority of players expressed reservations about the visit.

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Farewell to The Count

One of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s longest-serving combatants called it a career on May 28, with former middleweight champion and “The Ultimate Fighter 3” winner Michael Bisping hanging up the gloves at 39 years old. Citing problems with his “good eye” — Bisping’s “bad eye” was the victim of a detached retina back in 2013 — and motivated by the 2017 film “Journeyman,” which centres around a boxing champion who suffers a traumatic brain injury, Bisping announced on his radio podcast that “the time is now” to make the transition out of professional face punching.

A veteran of 39 MMA fights and one of only three men to have had 20 wins inside the octagon, his storied career is worth reflecting upon.

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