Colby Covington is an American professional mixed martial artist in Ultimate Fighting Championship in the welterweight division. He made his promotional debut against Anying Wang on August 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 48.
Covington was born in Clovis, California in February 1988 and was an All-American at Oregon State University and won the Pac-10 Conference Championship twice and the NJCAA 165 lb. National Championship.
He joined Dan Lambert, owner of American Top Team, to help him boost his gym’s wrestling training. Shortly after joining Dan, Covington started pursuing a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career and moved to South Florida. His impressive 5–0 record over there got him a contract with the UFC in 2014.
Colby has a relentless game and tends to outlast every opponent he faces. He pressures his opponents early in fights with his striking ability and a master of takedowns.
Colby Covington Height and Weight
The Californian stands at 1.80m (5’11) and weighs 170 lb (77 kg).
Colby Covington MMA record
He has a UFC record of 15-2 (10-2 in UFC) and is one of the iconic fighters in his division. He is also a former interim UFC Welterweight Champion. As a freshman at college level, he was unbeatable boasting a record of 34-0.
Colby Covington Net Worth
Colby has earned over $1,439,000 in his UFC career. Although he lost his fight to Kamaru Usman, Colby banked a whopping $580,000. He has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
Colby Covington Next Fight
Since 2017, Covington (15-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and Woodley (19-5-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC) have feuded for a long time and are now currently scheduled to headline UFC on ESPN+ 36 on September 19, 2020.
Kamaru Usman Rivalry
He challenged Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 245 in December 2019. In what was one of the best welterweight title fights in history, Covington lost in the fifth and final round via a TKO. The contest was a battle of attrition, a striking match between two wrestlers whose bases were so formidable that became one of the greatest fights in welterweight history.
Relation with President Donald Trump
Regularly pictured in Make America Great Again hats or posing alongside adult actresses and models, the fighter has built his brand on using pro-wrestling style “heel” tactics while becoming a favourite amongst the United States’ rightwing sports fans. “I’m addicted to winning, just like Trump” and has referred to the sitting president as “America’s champion.”
A turning point in Covington’s campaign to become the athletic representation of Trump politics came in August 2018 when the then-UFC interim welterweight champion visited the Oval Office with UFC president Dana White. During the reportedly hour-long visit, Covington posed alongside Trump, who wore the champion’s belt on his shoulder.