Kamaru Usman: “Colby Covington Turned Me Down Four Times!”
It looks like Kamaru Usman is tired of Colby Covington’s excuses. Colby Covington turned down four fights against him. He cannot fight Darren Till, who is booked for a UFC 228 Welterweight title shot versus Tyron Woodley.
“If I do fight anybody, besides winning the title on Sept. 8, it will be RDA. That’s really the only fight that makes sense. He just fought for an interim title, that’s the fight that puts me right there,” Usman told Luke Thomas on the latest episode of The MMA Hour.
“I’m not getting Till, which I wanted. Covington, four times I’ve been offered that fight. He’s declined each and every one — I’m not getting that fight. The only guy left to put me right there is RDA.”
Furthermore, Kamaru Usman talks about his malicious intentions towards Colby Covington. According to his story, The Nigerian Nightmare is ready to fight all the time. But he has no luck with rivals.
“Four times I’ve been offered that fight and he said no. They tried to make that fight again for Nov. 30th. They offered me the fight and I said, ‘Absolutely, I will wait for that fight’. They actually offered me RDA for that main event in Brazil that Glover [Teixeira] and Jimi Manuwa just got announced on. I said, ‘Yes, I’m ready, I’ll take the fight’, but he said he was dealing with something…he turned it down or he wasn’t ready to fight,” Usman said.
“If they had have offered me Covington on Nov. 30th, I would’ve said, ‘Absolutely’. That’s the one guy that I really have malicious intent to hurt inside that cage. Of course, they did offer me that and I did jump on that, but then [Covington] went to the White House and came back and was like, ‘I don’t want that fight’.”
Kamaru Usman also believes Covington’s unwillingness to fight might cost him a lot. After all, he is a UFC Interim Welterweight champion. Usman believes the ghosts of the past might haunt Covington for a long period of time.
“[Covington] talked for a long time about how he wanted a title fight. But then they give him a title fight — Sept. 8 that’s your event — but he comes out and says he’s not ready. You’re not the champ, you’re the interim guy. You’re just a placeholder. The champ is ready to go. He gave you an opportunity and you turned it down, so they went with the next guy, they went with Darren Till.
“Now you have to sit and wait. God forbid, if something happens to the guys that have to fight on Sept. 8 and they have to be out for a while. What does that mean? You’re not going to fight forever until they’re ready? You said you’d be ready in November, [the UFC] offered me the fight in November. I accepted and he says no — once again for the fourth time.”
What do you think about this? Do you believe Colby Covington intentionally stays away from Kamaru Usman?