Colby Covington is no stranger to making outlandish claims, but fight fixing is a new one for the outspoken welterweight contender.
‘Chaos’ has truly lived up to his nickname over the last few days. First, Covington shocked fans and even his fellow fighters when he surprisingly stepped on the scale during the UFC 286 weigh-ins, revealing himself as the official backup for Saturday’s main event between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman. Then came the bombshell from UFC president Dana White, announcing that Covington would be the next man in line for a 170-pound title opportunity.
Since then, ‘Chaos’ has been causing just that, laying into Leon Edwards for crossing his boss, calling Belal Muhammad a racist, and even threatening to physically harm UFC play-by-play man John Anik. If you thought Colby Covington was finally done making ridiculous claims and empty threats, you were sadly wrong. In an interview with James Lynch, Covington shared his belief that the fight between Jon Jones and Cirly Gane at UFC 285 last month was fixed.
“You know, it just looked like Ciryl was scared,” Covington said of the UFC 285 main event. “Scared of the moment. Too much pressure. Too big. He was afraid. Shouldn’t have even been in there that night. Honestly, James, it looked like it was a work. It looks like it was a fix. Maybe Jon Jones’ brothers went over to France and told Ciryl they’re gonna pay him under the table to take a dive because that’s honestly what it looked like.”
Colby Covington Hopes to Compete at UFC 290 Alongside Jon Jones in July
For those that missed it, Jon Jones returned to the Octagon for the first time in more than three years. Boasting a new physique and looking to conquer a new division, many were unsure of what to expect from ‘Bones’ in his first main event spotlight since February 2020. It took Jones a little over two minutes to remind the world just how good he is, putting top heavyweight contender Ciryl Gane on the mat and submitting him via a guillotine choke to capture the vacant UFC heavyweight championship.
Jones is currently eyeing a fight with former two-time heavyweight titleholder Stipe Miocic at UFC 290 during International Fight Week. Colby Covington is hoping to piggyback off Jones’ popularity, basking in the co-main event spotlight by challenging reigning UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards. Whether or not that fight happens remains to be seen, but if ‘Rocky’ gets his way, Covington will take his rightful spot at the back of the line while other more deserving fighters receive their long-awaited title opportunity.