We are now less than two weeks away from Colby Covington’s first time in the octagon since June 9 of 2018.
Covington, who holds 14 wins and only 1 professional loss, will look to reclaim his status as the No. 1 contender at the welterweight division. “Chaos” won the interim welterweight title last June against former champion Rafael dos Anjos, but was controversially stripped after declining to fight Tyron Woodley for the unification bout due to injury.
Because of this, the UFC decided to give Kamaru Usman the title shot instead, where he dominated Woodley to earn the undisputed championship for himself. This situation didn’t sit well for the self-proclaimed “People’s Champion.” After being stripped, Covington lashed out at UFC president Dana White in multiple interviews. He even went as far as to approach and confront White while he was gambling at a casino in Las Vegas, all while recording the entire scene.
However, despite his questionable relationship with the promotion’s president after these events, it still looked as if Covington’s next fight would be for UFC gold. White had even confirmed back in March that he would be Usman’s first title defense (which could still prove to be true). With the pair exchanging jabs on social media and in interviews, it seemed that Usman vs Covington was good to go.
That is why it was such a surprise when the UFC announced that Colby Covington would be making his return to the octagon against “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler on August 3 in Newark. Lawler, now ranked 10th, is looking to get back in the win column for the first time since 2017.
Lawler’s last fight ended in controversial fashion against Ben Askren in March. “Ruthless” appeared to be unconscious after Askren caught him in a bulldog choke, but immediately protested the stoppage when referee Herb Dean stepped in.
Despite Lawler remaining relatively stoic, as usual, leading up to this bout, Covington insists that this fight is personal. Lawler used to train at American Top Team alongside Covington, but parted ways with the gym in 2017.
“Absolutely there’s heat, man!” Covington told Arial Helwani’s MMA Show. “How dare he besmirch Dan Lambert and American Top Team, so now I have to handle him accordingly.”
Should Covington emerge victorious on August 3, he should cement his spot as the next title challenger at 170 pounds.
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