There aren’t many athletes in the UFC that large numbers of fans actively dislike. Those that do fall into that category are typically loud, confident and opinionated fighters who have a large, loyal, core group of fans who don’t care much if they upset or alienate the wider fan base.
Conor McGregor aside, no fighter has made quite such an effort to court controversy and anger fans in recent memory than Colby “Chaos” Covington. The 30-year-old is undefeated in his last five fights and now finds himself just days away from a shot at the interim UFC welterweight title, against former UFC lightweight title holder Rafael Dos Anjos.
In the last twelve months alone, Covington has angered the entire nation of Brazil, been hit with a boomerang by UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum, publicly revealed spoilers for both Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Avengers: Infinity War and insulted almost every other fighter in his division.
Covington spoke exclusively with MMAMotion to discuss his upcoming fight with Dos Anjos, his thoughts on Darren Till , what he gets out of trolling UFC fans and making the UFC great again.
Tom Mulligan – It’s been almost eight months since your somewhat notorious win over Demian Maia in Brazil at UFC Fight Night 119. How does it feel to finally get your shot at a belt after all this time?
Colby Covington – I Called it back then. It’s champagne and title fights on US soil after beating that filthy animal [Maia] in that dump.
TM – Now you find yourself facing another Brazilian in former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos. What kind of risk do you believe he poses to your chances of capturing the welterweight gold?
CC – About as much of a risk as someone hitting the lottery which ain’t good odds. I’m going to dunk my balls on RDA’s face just like Michael Jordan used to at the United Center in Chicago.
TM – Dos Anjos has of course been in this situation before having been the champion at 155lbs. How much of a factor do you think that experience will be when the cage door closes in Chicago?
CC – It won’t make a difference. I have lifelong experience competing in wrestling and winning national titles so I know how to win.
TM – Darren Till picked up a somewhat divisive decision win over Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson on Sunday night and many now see him as another top contender in the division. Can you tell me what you think about Till and how he would fare should you two meet in the cage?
CC – The Tillsbury Doughboy needs to lay off the cake, he wouldn’t last very long against me, I’m on another level. Neither [Till nor Wonderboy] are well rounded fighters. They’re both just one dimensional and will never wear gold.
TM – Assuming you win the interim title against Dos Anjos at UFC 225 in Chicago, reigning champion Tyron Woodley would almost certainly be your next fight. How do you see that match up going for you?
CC – When I win the interim title I’m sure Tyquil Woodley will retire and run to Hollywood to avoid fighting me.
TM – You’ve rather notoriously shared major spoilers for films on Twitter in the past. Can you explain the thinking behind that? Does it motivate you knowing that a huge portion of the fan base wants to see you beaten as a result?
CC – [It’s] because all my haters are nerds and virgins that love those movies. And I love the fact that people want to see me get knocked out, it fuels my fire within.
TM – So it’s fair to say the hate is a big motivator for you? Do you have a message you’d like to send to the UFC fans reading this?
CC – Your hate and tears fuel the machine that is making this division and UFC great again.
TM – Moving back to UFC 225 and Rafael Dos Anjos, can you give us a prediction of what’s going to happen?
CC – 2nd round KO. It’s gonna take me one round to beat the steroids out of him. Then in the second round, I finish Ralphie Dos Nachos.
UFC 225 takes place on Saturday June 9th at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois and will be headlined by Robert Whittaker putting his UFC middleweight title on the line against number one contender Yoel Romero. The co-main event, will see Covington and Rafael Dos Anjos compete for the interim UFC welterweight title.