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Colby Covington Decries UFC 245 Stoppage, Demands Rematch With Kamaru Usman

February 4, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Colby Covington

Colby Covington is none too happy with his loss at UFC 245 and claims it was the “fixed” result of of a biased referee. Covington spoke with Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (via MMA Fighting) and declared that the only fight he’s interested in is the rematch that he believes he’s due. You can see highlights from the interview below:

On the stoppage that ended the fight: “I went out there and I beat up ‘Marty Fakenewsman’ for 24 minutes until the ref had to stop the fight on a fake stoppage – a bulls**t stoppage. [A stoppage] where I was completely coherent and still in the fight, and he just blatantly stopped the fight, after there was a foul, too. He’s hitting me in the back of the head four times and he blatantly calls the fight, because he knows he doesn’t want it to go to the judges’ scorecards cause I could win. I was fighting against two people that night. Against ‘Marc Not So Goodard’ and against ‘Marty Fakenewsman.’ Why would I hang my head about that? I went out there and fought my ass off. I went through the championship rounds and people saw how tough I was, and they know who the best welterweight in the world is, and that’s Colby “Chaos” Covington.”

On the audio of him saying his jaw may be broken being broadcast: “Is that legal that they can get my corner audio in between rounds? Whether my jaw is broken or it isn’t broken, to get that information in a world championship fight when there’s two rounds left to go. That’s huge information. I don’t care if you’re down and you’re completely ready to quit. That’s going to get you right up like, ‘I’ve got this guy on the ropes now.’ That’s f**king corrupt in itself.”

On the finish: “Yeah, I slip on a banana peel, he clipped me; I’m completely still in the fight. I fought in a double leg [takedown]. I’m a wrestler. I grew up shooting double legs and getting guys in a sprawl position. I can relax there, I can breathe, I’m chilling. I feel comfortable there. That’s where I grew up in the wrestling mats, doing double-leg takedowns. He sprawled out – oh, (and) he’s hitting me in the back of the head, it’s clear as day on the f**king video. Go rewatch the tape. It’s clear as day. He’s hitting me in the back of the head at least three or four times. When he’s hitting me in the back of the head, I even actually cover and put my hand behind it to stop it while I’m completely coherent, completely still in the fight, and all of a sudden Marc Goddard just calls the fight. I’m like are you f**king serious? I stood up and I’m like, ‘What are you doing?’ [He says], ‘Oh Colby don’t worry about it,’ saying stupid things (like) ‘that was clearly stopped.’ If it’s clearly stopped, why am I right in your face talking to you clearly? I’m coherent. I’m completely in the fight. How do you call the fight? You rob me of a f**king fair fight, motherf**ker.”

Colby Covington on believing that Goddard was biased in the fight: “It was two against one that f**king night, Dec. 14 at UFC 245. It wasn’t one on one. I got robbed of a one-on-one fair fight. That motherf**ker made a clear difference in that fight, and if ‘Marty Fakenewsman’ didn’t have that f**king ref, I’d be world champion right now, and I’m going to get my f**king rematch and it’s going to be a different story. What could be more wrong and corrupt that somebody could do that? For people to not see that and be clearly not biased about their opinion is absolutely pathetic. Just look at the facts. Look at the video. That fight was fixed, and that was clear enough that they need to do a rematch.”

Colby Covington on wanting an immediate rematch: “My next fight should be the automatic rematch with ‘Marty Fakenewsman.’ I’m still America’s champ. I’m still Donald Trump’s favorite fighter. I’m still the people’s champion. The people want this more than ever. The people saw for their eyes. I don’t care what the promotion wants to do, because we know they do some stupid things; that’s a whole other story in itself. I’m talking what the people want. The people that paid their hard-earned money for the tickets. The people that buy your pay-per-views. The people want this rematch. They saw with their own eyes what happened in that fight. What happened in that fight was me beating the s**t out of ‘Marty Fakenewsman’ for 24 minutes and then the ref completely saving him and bailing him out with a fake stoppage.”

On not being interested in any other fight: “Fake nutshot, fake eye poke, fake corner audio, fake ref, fake NSAC, fake everything. Put this on a level playing field, it’s a completely different fight. 10 out of 10 times, I’m winning that fight every single time … I’m not fighting anybody but ‘Marty Fakenewsman.’ This needs to be settled back in Vegas. They know they f**ked up.”