UFC welterweight Colby Covington is set to face Rafael dos Anjos for the interim welterweight strap in the co-main event of UFC 225 in Chicago. It was previously booked at UFC 224 on May 4 in Brazil, but many had concerns over Colby’s safety should he return to the country after comments made about Brazilian people.
Colby Covington had to be escorted from the arena by security after an ugly post-fight interview following his unanimous decision victory over Demian Maia in the co-main event of UFC Sao Paulo back in 2017. The extra precautions were taken because of Covington’s controversial remarks included calling the country “a dump” and describing Brazilians as “filthy animals.”
Anyway he’s not fighting in Brazil, but he is still taking extra security measures to keep his safety:
We’ve already taken those measures,” Covington told MMAjunkie Radio. “Luckily, my agent, Dan Lambert, has all the money in the world. He’s already hired a full security guard team, (and) whenever I go to events or anything related to the UFC, I will have armed security guards with me.”
Colby big mouth who have had various exchanges with several fighters in the last year or so, via interviews or social media, confronted his rivals to “stop acting like street thugs.”
“At the end of the day, we’re professional prize fighters – stop acting like street thugs,” Covington said. “We’re not going to fight in the streets. I get paid a lot of money to go in there and fight on pay-per-view. I’m not fighting in the street.
“All these guys that want to act tough and act like they’re hard in the street, that’s cool, man. I’m glad you want to act hard, and your emotions are driving crazy, but you need to get out of your feelings, nerds.”
Dos Anjos (28-9) was victorious in his last three Octagon appearances, with his most recent victory coming over Robbie Lawler at UFC on Fox 26 last December in Winnipeg. Covington (13-1) meanwhile won five straight fights, including picking up a decision win over former championship contender Damian Maia at UFC Fight Night 119 last October.
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