Colby Covington has one more reason for why he lost at UFC 296.
The former interim UFC Champion fell short of welterweight gold once again, losing to Leon Edwards in the UFC 296 headliner last weekend. Covington first put the blame on the three judges at cageside, who unanimously scored the fight in favor for the champ, four rounds to one.
‘Chaos’ says the scorecards came out the way they did because he is a supporter of former president Donald Trump.
Colby Covington went on Fox News tonight and claimed the judges didn’t give him the victory because of his support for Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/rF5k8Lp2t1— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) December 21, 2023
That’s Not All…
Covington also reveals that he suffered an injury in the opening seconds of the UFC 296 main event. He apparently has receipts, too.
“I doubled him in strikes count, I had five minutes of control time. He didn’t have one minute. So I feel like I beat him in the fight,” Covington said on the PBD Podcast. “I broke my foot in like the first 30 seconds of the fight that people don’t know about yet. The x-rays will start coming up. [I broke it in] the first minute of the fight. I had the picture on my phone, like the exact moment where it landed on his elbow.
“You feel it swollen up where you’re just like, ‘ohhhh’. At the end of the first round, you’re just like, ‘man, that hurts’. I usually sit on the stool and I didn’t wanna sit down in the stool. The elbow landed right on the top of the foot. They’re telling me that, I think it was the navicular or something. I can’t remember the exact terminology the doctor was telling me yesterday, but he is like, yeah, you probably have a fracture in your navicular. One of those bones down there.”
‘I Couldn’t Really Move After That’
A fractured navicular bone would explain Covington’s lackluster performance in which he won only one round out of the entire fight against Edwards. But still, the American trucked on through to see the distance in Las Vegas.
“It limits your mobility, I couldn’t really move after that,” Covington said of his injury. “I was kind of stuck in place and I was just trying to make sure that I could get through the fight. I never quit. I always channeled the strength of the first responders in our military. That’s the cloth that I was cut from. My grandfather flew in the Korean Vietnam war. He’s looking down on me, he’s not gonna be happy unless I fight to the end, fight to the death. That’s my mentality when I go into the octagon, it’s kill or be killed every time.”
Covington Will Do ‘Whatever It Takes’ To Get Rematch With Edwards
While he might be 0-3 in undisputed title fights, Covington’s dreams of becoming a UFC Champion aren’t dead yet. It’s not going to happen anytime soon, but ‘Chaos’ believes another fight with Leon Edwards will take place someday.
“Get the UFC on board that they need to sell this rematch,” Covington said. “They’re gonna see what that my doctor tells him that literally my foot was broken within the first minute of the fight. I outlanded him in strikes. I doubled his strike count. I feel like I won the fight. So, that’s all I’m gonna do— whatever it takes to win the fight.
“If I have to win 10 more fights to get back to him, [I’ll do it]. That’s how hungry I am. I’m not like one of these guys like Zion Williamson, where he gets a contract and he just loses motivation. ‘He already got paid, he’s not hungry’— no amount of money is gonna take away my hunger and passion and drive for this sport.
“I’m not done yet,” Covington added. “They could say whatever they want. They could say, ‘oh, I’m passing my prime’. I’m not passing my prime. I’m just hitting my prime because I took good care of my body. I didn’t spar hard, I didn’t go get my head hit recklessly or I’ve never been knocked out. So, I’m just getting started in my career and I’m gonna keep fighting and I want that rematch.”