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throwing shade at the Philadelphia Eagles, whose invitation to celebrate the NFL championship at the White House was rescinded after a majority of players expressed reservations about the visit.
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