(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)
Although Colby Covington has secured a shot at securing a interim welterweight title, “Chaos” hasn’t eased up on his trash talking and trolling ways.
The noted wrestler will face Rafael dos Anjos this Saturday at UFC 225, and the winner will emerge with the interim 170 belt, and very likely a fight with reigning champ, Tyron Woodley. Covington has been booked for the high stakes opportunity largely due to his five fight winning streak, but also because of his recent run of verbal attacks, which have grabbed him headlines.
Case in point, after Covington defeated Demia Maia last year, the American caused quite a stir, by referring to Brazilian fans as “dirty animals”. Well, in a recent media call to promote UFC 225, Covington didn’t target the card’s host city residents, but he did have this to say about two of Chicago’s beloved sports teams (quote via MMA Weekly):
“I can’t wait to go takeover Chicago,” Covington said. “The Bulls, they’ve been sucking lately and the Bears, that team is trash so they’re going to get a championship caliber fighter when I come to the city.”
This is likely all part of Covington’s plan to be a “super villain”, which he also reportedly mentioned in the call:
“I’m good for business. I’m the super villain of this division. I’m the super villain of the whole entire UFC,” Covington said. “They’re starting to realize my worth. I’m the most notable fighter right now. Everybody wants to watch me. Whether they want to see me lose or win, it’s all the same f–king thing.
There you have it. Now, has Covington generated more interest in his fights because of his trash talking bits? It certainly seems that way. Is he “the most notable fighter right now”?
While Covington’s profile has raised considerably over the last year, it’s hard to make the case right now that he’s one of the UFC’s biggest draws and or names. For example, as it stands right now, Covington has 31.8 thousand followers on Twitter. RDA has 174 thousand. Holly Holm, who will fight Megan Anderson at UFC 225, has 347 thousand.
If Covington can go out and score a decisive win over dos Anjos on Friday, however, then you would think there will be a fair amount of buzz about him fighting Woodley later this year. But, it remains to be seen if Covington can deliver on his pre-fight rhetoric, in terms of defeating RDA.