This sounds like an episode of Night Court.
Colby Covington, the UFC's top contender, has been stripped of his replacement belt and sent to the end of the 70-pound line after refusing to dispute a title fight last fall.
Sorry kid, you eat what you kill in this sport.
Not surprisingly, Covington feels betrayed by promotion president Dana White, who instead granted the next attack on Tyron Woodley to Kamaru Usman. And if the promotion does not want to take appropriate action, maybe the US court system will.
"We may have to go to court, and this can be a lawsuit, because let's be honest: If (Tom) Brady wins the AFC championship … and suddenly Roger Goodell says:" You're not going to Super Why not we like you – no, that's not how it works, "Covington told MMA Junkie Radio. "I'm going to sit on the shelf all day, we're going to court, I'm going to make it hell for the UFC, I do not give (expletive)."
Get in line.
Despite irritation, Covington (14-1) has won six straight victories, including consecutive victories over Demian Maia and Rafael dos Anjos. The former is a title contender twice, while the latter holds gold at 155 pounds.
It's not very poor.
Covington was in line to fight "The Chosen One" at UFC 228 in September, but he got the chance to heal some annoying injuries. The promotion then summoned Darren Till, a brute of 170 pounds, who was defeated by the champion.
And now that Ben Askren has entered the mix, Covington's chances of fighting for the title are getting darker by the minute.