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Colby Covington Says He Respects Dong Hyun Kim for Accepting a Dangerous Fight With Him

May 18, 2017 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

MMAjunkie recently spoke to UFC fighter Colby Covington ahead of his upcoming fight with Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 111. The fight card is set for June 17 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Below are some highlights.

Covington on getting a fight with Kim: “I think once (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby saw all these guys are ducking me and didn’t want to fight me because I was a dangerous fight, he got me a fight.”

Covington on fighters getting passed over for title shots: “That’s their fault. They could have been talking a lot more on their way up, saying more things and having better post-fight speeches instead of, ‘Uh, I’ll fight whoever they put in front of me.’ No. (Expletive), say, ‘Hey man, I want a title shot. What’s up?’ Create some stir. Get some controversy going.”

His thoughts on Kim: “I’ve got to take my hat off to Kim, because he didn’t need to step up and take the risk and fight a guy like me.”