Tyron Woodley trolled Colby Covington before their fight on Saturday in Vegas – mocking the USA President Donald Trump’s trademark MAGA hat with a red cap of his own.
Woodley wore a shirt emblazoned with “Black Lives Matter” on the front. He wore a red hat with the phrase “Make racists catch the fade again” printed on it.38-year-old Woodley’s fashion choice was no accident. Covington – who’s 32 years old – has been a very vocal Trump supporter who was a VIP guest at the president’s rally in Henderson, Nevada.
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Trump has publicly supported Covington inviting him to the White House, and calling Covington to congratulate him after his 2019 victory over Robbie Lawler.
Covington replied saying: “The only person that’s catching a fade is Tyron Woodley on Saturday night. He’s the only one that’s racist and the only race they is in this fight is the race to get him out of the UFC.”
Covington has been known to use nationalistic and political issues as trash talk fodder in the past. Last month, he publicly criticized NBA players for boycotting several playoff games out of social protest. For his part, Covington downplayed the role of race in this weekend’s main event.
“You’ve got red vs. blue. You’ve got me capitalism vs. him communism. You’ve got MAGA vs. maggots. This is a heated rivalry.”
Covington is 15-2 as an MMA fighter and is coming off a loss to the current welterweight champ, Kamaru Usman. Woodley – the former 170 lb. champ – is 19-5-1 and also returning after 2 tough losses to Gilbert Burns and Usman.
They are former teammates who had a bad falling out and have been trying to settle their differences in the Octagon since 2018 and now finally face each other on Saturday.
This fight has been talked about for quite some time, dating back to when Woodley held the welterweight title.
According to Covington, a victory sets him up for either a rematch with Usman or a grudge match with Jorge Masvidal, who has been training with Woodley, but not until he settles the score against the man who he faces at UFC Fight Night.
Colby Covington won the title during Tyron Woodley’s absence due to injury, but a matchup between them was delayed when Kamaru Usman rose to the top of the welterweight division and defended his title.
The Woodley-Covington pairing brings elite talent and the personal rivalry of the former friends adds just the right bit of spice to the long-awaited fight.