At UFC 268, UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and #1 ranked welterweight Colby Covington went on a 5-round war for the UFC welterweight title. There was a lot of back and forth between these two but the champion came out on top and retained his belt, these two are bitter rivals, and fans were not expecting them to show respect towards the end of the fight.
Everything went just as expected, and even in a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Covington said that there was no respect shown at the moment. But contrary to Colby’s statement, a viral clip revealed the words that were exchanged after the final buzzer at the Madison Square Garden. Watch the clip below, courtesy of the UFC Europe Twitter account:
“I’ve always had love for you”, Colby Covington shows respect to Usman
As the conversation played out, Covington was heard saying, “You know I’m just trying to sell it for you”, to which Usman replied, ”I know. I know.” Before Dan Miragliotta (UFC official) broke up the moment, Colby was heard saying, “I’ve always had love for you. I’m just trying to make you money.“
Colby now hopes to earn his way back to a trilogy fight with the champion, and he even made an argument for not being on the pound-for-pound list. He said, “If [talking about Kamaru Usman] that’s the pound for pound number one fighter in the world, then I just had 2 epic fights with him and beat him in multiple rounds, so where does that put me and why am I not in the pound for pound rankings? Oh yeah, that’s right. I forgot everybody hates me.”
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