Finally, Colby Covington has the UFC middleweight title fight he has long sought, but still has a grudge about the way the promotion handled the road there.
Covington, the former caretaker, will meet champion Kamaru Usman at the UFC 244 main event on December 14 in Las Vegas. He recently told Submission Radio that if he defeats Usman, he will not allow UFC President Dana White to wrap the championship belt around his waist, as is customary after title fights.
"I can tell who isn't wrapping around my waist, and that won't be Dana White," Covington said. "If he tries to wrap it around my waist, I'll take his belt and slap him in the face."
When asked about the comment at UFC's post-fight press conference on ESPN 6 on Friday, White essentially said "we'll see that" and informs Covington that this dislike is a two-way street.
"Good luck with that," said White. "He's a big-mouthed idiot."
Much has gone wrong in White's relationship with Covington since the best of days, when White organized a Covington visit to the White House with President Donald Trump. The UFC took Covington out of the interim belt when Covington said he was unable to fight in a match that UFC wanted and then attempts to reunite Usman-Covington for UFC 243 failed before the fight was finally made for UFC. 244
Covington is not afraid to give its side of the story.
"There's a difference between me and Dana White, and that's true and false," said Covington. "Honestly, I don't care what he says. He has a lot to say all the time, and I don't pay any more attention to him. I don't follow him on any social media platforms, so I can give a (bad word) less what he has to say. I'm showing up, I'm kicking my ass, I'm taking names and I'm getting the biggest checks in the sport, and that's it. There's not a living man who can stop me now. "